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Drought, Climate Change Exacts Heavy Toll In Central America

From Panama on up, the greenhouse effect and the onset of El Niño is leading to more in the way of drought and extreme variability in weather patterns. Drought across El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua displaced some 2 million rural residents, mostly smallholder farmers and their families this year. In Panama, rainfall this spring has set a new record low and residents have been coping with a heat wave.

Drought Conditions May Limit Panama Canal Passage

The head of the Panama Canal Authority warned that drought conditions may limit the draft of ships able to make the 48-mile passage. Besides its role in Panama’s economy, the Panama Canal watershed supplies clean drinking water and hydroelectric power for the Panama City metro area.