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ROSUNO, Peru — For thousands of miles in one of the world’s warmest climates, the winds of an El Niño event will whip across Central America’s rainforests, bringing drought to dozens of struggling communities here.
In the rainforests, which have seen the best water supply and most rainfall of the decade, drought is becoming the biggest threat to thousands of families who live in poverty and depend on crops such as mangoes, watermelons and beans. In some places, the drought could last for years.
Meanwhile, across southern Mexico, the worst drought in recent years will become a once-in-25-year event, hitting farmers and ranchers from the Sierra del Dios south of the Texas border, to the border communities of Michoacan, near Mexico City and even to the Mexican state of Queretaro, which has been hit by unusually dry conditions for several years.
The El Niño event is expected to continue through Wednesday, as predicted by forecasters at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR).
“The drought has been at the top of this list for the last year or so, but not for the region as a whole because we haven’t seen the type of El Niño in the region as a whole yet,” said Steve Smith, a weather forecaster with the University of Alabama at Huntsville.
“This El Niño is different from previous ones — it’s like we’re getting into something new,” said Dr. Richard Rood, a researcher at NCAR.
Rook said even thoug예스 카지노h the storm was only expected to last a couple of days, there are implications beyond the typical rainfall-fueled dry conditions of most El Niño events.
In some communities in western Mexico, farmers have had to turn to farming methods more like those of their forefathers in the late 1800s, when they planted crops to increase their yields in the drought. This was especially true for people like El Salvadorian farm worker Angel Salinas who farms in the state capital of San Luis Potosi.
Salinas said he is struggling to make ends meet, as he grows both mangoes and corn, but when the drough