El Nino threatens livelihoods over next eight months

02 August 2015

The El Niño climate phenomenon affecting Peru started in March; it should peak around Christmas, petering out by March next year. Current estimates by meteorologists suggest we should expect the biggest El Nino since that of 1997-98. This destroyed crops, homes and infrastructure causing a reported 354 deaths (according to estimates from the Pan-American Health Organisation) and 112 missing. Flooding hindered mining exports. Countries such as the United States and China meanwhile benefitted. The effects of El Niño vary by country, since sometimes it can relieve periods of drought (as was the case in the United States). This time, Peru, India and Australia are predicted to be the big losers. Peru has already declared a ‘pre-emptive’ State of Emergency in 14 of its 25 regions. Export crops such as mangoes and asparagus are already suffering unseasonably high temperatures http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/07/05/us-peru-elnino-idUSKCN0PF0TM20150705

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