26 JUNE 1998. MEXICO: DROUGHT The Associated Press reports that Mexico's five-year old drought is the worst in 70 years, with ENSO being blamed for a shift in dry conditions to central and southern Mexico. Children and cattle alike are dying of dehydration, crops are withering on in the fields, and fires have destroyed extensive runs of forest. The Chiapas coffee crop will be half its normal level. Rainfall is 54% below normal and reservoirs are at 15 - 20 % capacity. Recovery will take four to six years. La Niña conditions may aggravate drought conditions in the north.

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