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Drought in Chile

It hasn't rained in months. There is talk of the worst drought since weather records began.

26.04.2020 Author: Isolde Moussot Original language: de Translator: Isolde Moussot

Extreme water shortage in Chile. Central Chile becomes a desert. The problem is aggravated by mining and water-intensive agriculture, for example with avocados and other fruits that are also exported to Europe. In addition, the population suffers from privatisation

of water rights. It happens that avocados are supplied from local springs and that the inhabitants of the region have no more water.

The spread of the corona virus is also difficult to control because of the water shortage. There is simply not enough water for washing hands. Millions of people are supplied with water by tankers.

The water supply in Chile is almost 100 percent privately owned. Now there are protests outside a copper mine in El Melón near Valparaiso. There are demands that the water be supplied to the population and not used to operate mines.

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