Drought in Mexico reaches critical levels as lakes dry up

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    Authorities in Mexico are urging people to conserve water as a prolonged drought over 85 percent of the country depletes reservoirs and lakes.

    Scientists are saying the climate crisis is altering rain patterns which has also contributed to severe forest fires.

    Mexico City’s mayor says the drought is the worst in 30 years.

    Al Jazeera’s Manuel Rapalo reports from Mexico City, Mexico.

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    Mexico is a country in the southern portion of North America. It is the most populous Spanish-speaking nation. Mexico City is its capital city and largest metropolis.

    Mexico became an independent nation state after the successful Mexican War of Independence against Spain in 1821.

    Mexico is a developing country, but has the world’s 15th-largest economy by nominal GDP and the 11th-largest by PPP, with the United States being its largest economic partner. Since 2006, a conflict between the government and drug trafficking syndicates has led to over 120,000 deaths.

    Mexico receives a significant number of tourists every year; in 2018, it was the 6th most-visited country in the world, with 39 million international arrivals.

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