Panama Drains Reservoirs to Save Livestock From Effects of Drought

23 Feb 2016 by OOSKAnews Correspondent

Panama’s Ministry of Agricultural Development is opening the floodgates at Lajas Lake, a 1.5 million-cubic meter-reservoir used for rice cultivation in the country’s central Coclé province, in order save a thousand head of cattle downstream.The artificial lake will be drained to flood some dry riverbeds to serve as water sources for cattle, over the objections of local rice growers, local media reported.It is one of the latest measures the government has taken in response to severe ongoing drought in the southern region of the country due to the El Niño weather phenomenon. The weather pattern has also caused heavy rains and flooding in Panama’s northern areas...

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