Water level of Titicaca lake drops drastically due to climate change

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Published: 2023-08-14 14:34

Last Updated: 2024-06-12 10:27


Water level of Titicaca lake drops drastically due to climate change
Water level of Titicaca lake drops drastically due to climate change

The water level of Lake Titicaca, at 3,807 meters above sea level, today stands at 25 centimeters above the historic minimum recorded in 1996, according to experts.

The head of the Forecasting Unit of the Bolivian National Service of Hydrology and Meteorology Lucia Walper said: "There have not been enough floods in the region, the soil has not been nourished with water, the water deficit in the soil is too extreme in extremely dry drought. And therefore, the water does not evaporate, i.e. there are no green regions or green areas in the region that could contribute to normal evapotranspiration and generate that precipitation."

A retired government employee Pedro de la Cruz Yujra said: "The drought has already affected a lot. A lot in that, for example, there is no way to drink water, to pasture this cattail. Before my cows were enough, but now it is no longer possible because there is mud and there is no way to get the cows in. No, no, it's no use for our animals, it's terrible for our work and fodder."

"We cannot live as we used to with good water and until recently the crops would already sprout, they would already be green, but now there is no point. Day by day it is drying up, so we are just a little bit sad because it is no longer (the case, ed)... I say in my personal opinion, life is over even in the fields."