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Thousands of Fish Dead in Mexico Due to Severe Drought


Fri 14 Jun 2024 | 01:28 PM
Israa Farhan

Thousands of fish have perished as a lake in northern Mexico partially dried up amid a severe drought sweeping across the country.

Local authorities reported that the water level in Lake Boštěl was less than 50% of its normal level, resulting in higher concentrations of pollutants that pose greater risks to the lake's fish and marine life.

Irma de la Peña Mireles, head of the environmental department in Coahuila, stated in a press release, "With the decrease in water levels, pollutants become more concentrated, affecting the species living in the lake."

Dead fish began accumulating in the cracked mud at the lake bottom a week ago, spreading a foul odor in the area. Workers have been cleaning up the decaying remains amid concerns about disease spread.

Mexico is grappling with high temperatures that have shattered records across dozens of cities, including the capital, Mexico City.

Health authorities have reported that 125 people have died during the current hot season, which began in mid-March.

As of May 31st, moderate to severe or exceptional drought had affected 89.58% of Mexican territory, approximately two million square kilometers, according to a map provided by the National Water Commission.