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Nov 13, 2009 4:51 PM by NBC

El Nino threatens water supplies in South America

A severe drought brought on by the El Nino is threatening water supplies in Bolivia.

The drought has brought Lake Titicaca, the largest by volume in South America, to its lowest water level since 2003. It is currently less than a foot and a half from reaching its lowest level ever recorded.

Farmers around the lake are struggling to save their crops and feed their livestock as they wait for much needed rain.

Across the country, reservoirs are at alarmingly low levels. Reserves serving the cities of La Paz and El Alto have dropped by 70 percent.

Bolivian officials estimate that some 8500 families and 2.6 million livestock are affected by water shortages.



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