The drought ravaging Lake Titicaca is having a significant impact on local families. More than 700 Peruvian families have lost their income as a result of this situation. It is worrying to hear how the lack of rain has negatively impacted the lives of residents who are facing economic difficulties as a direct result.
In recent days, Bolivian and Peruvian authorities have issued warnings about the water level of Lake Titicaca, one of the largest in South America, which stretches along their shared border. Due to a drought, a steady decline in water levels to historical levels was observed. This situation is worrying as Lake Titicaca is an important source of fresh water and supports unique ecosystems in the region. The authorities are taking steps to address this issue and ensure the conservation of this priceless natural resource.
“Rainfall this last season 2022–2023 was very low. We had a deficit of 49%confirmed the zone director of Peru’s National Meteorological and Hydrological Service in the Puno region, Sixto Flores Sancho.
In an interview with local broadcaster Exitosa on Tuesday, the engineer explained that the decline mentioned was due to the climate crisis and the effects of the El Niño phenomenon.
Flores Sancho warned: “The level of the lake will gradually decrease” and no rain is expected until the end of the year. “Although there may be precipitation in September, this does not significantly increase the water level, as there is greater evaporation due to the significantly warmer temperatures.“, said.
“It affects us too much”
Julio Vilca Lujano, a resident of Puno, a city in southern Peru near Lake Titicaca, told RPP Noticias that the climate emergency has left 720 families without income.
“This drought is affecting our fishing, hunting and egg gathering too much. Also at the tourist level, since we no longer have access to the Los Uros floating islands in our port‘ he commented.
The alarm in Bolivia
Recently, the management of the Bolivian National Service of Meteorology and Hydrology informed the ANF that the water level in Lake Titicaca has reached its lowest level since September 1996. It is currently 3,807.39 meters above sea level (asl). This decline is worrying and requires special attention due to its impact on this important body of water.
“These are international waters as Lake Titicaca is shared with Peru. However, it has to be a bilateral talk, we have bodies like the Foreign Ministry’ said Deputy Environment Minister Magín Herrera the day before.
Although there are concerns about this, no specific date has been set for the resolution of this issue. “We will proceed little by little, because a meeting between Peruvian communities is planned so that a mechanism for the conservation of Lake Titicaca can be found.“Herrera closed.
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