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High temperatures, drought hitting Cancun, Riviera Maya

Cancun, Riviera Maya — The National Water Commission has issued an alert for abnormal drought for the municipalities of Cozumel, Isla Mujeres, Othón P. Blanco, José María Morelos and Bacalar.

According to a report from Monitor de Sequía, at least 40 percent of the municipalities are suffering extreme drought, although they report that all the municipalities of the state are facing some degree of drought.

La Comisión Nacional del Agua (Conagua) adds that Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Benito Juárez, Lázaro Cárdenas, Solidaridad and Tulum are facing moderate degrees of drought, although it is getting worse.

Rural producers in Othón P. Blanco and Bacalar have stated that this year, they are facing unprecedented drought. The delegate of the National Union of Vegetable Producers in Quintana Roo, Eulogio Chan Tuz, said that “drought severely affects the fields of this municipality directly impacting more than 20,000 hectares of cultivation of corn in the Mayan zone of Felipe Carrillo Puerto, so it is necessary to declare disaster zones.

“I do not see that it is an option to reconsider or to try to re-plant the corn on the surfaces already prepared, or where the plants were dried during the first or second planting.

This will not change the situation, because the problem is not the seed, but the water, because when it does not rain there is no production for the farmers who practice traditional agriculture,” he said.

Conagua reported that the month of July (2019) was classified as the second driest nationwide. High temperatures for the Cancun, Riviera Maya region are expected to stick around for several more weeks.