Drought wreaks havoc in northern Sinaloa

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The lack of water in the Gustavo Díaz Ordaz or Bacurato dam has made constructions emerge that were under water for 40 years.

At the end of May, it registered storage of only fifteen percent of its reservoir, which is one million 800 thousand cubic meters, but currently, the level is lower, according to fishermen in the area.

The communities that remained underwater more than 40 years ago have already emerged. As is the case of the cemetery of a town located just over five kilometers away from the dam’s curtain.

The tombs that were buried can be seen, although already destroyed by the passing of the years.


A school and a cemetery emerged after 40 years after the drought lowered the level of the Gustavo Díaz Ordaz dam in northern Sinaloa.

“Low level, about three times nothing else has gone down. Yes, many people come to see their relatives who were left buried there, many people who were at the school come to remember when they were given classes”, narrated by the fisherman Hipólito Flores.

Families have already come to this site to light a candle for the deceased. Meanwhile, the Agustín Melgar elementary school is still standing, but with severe damage to its structure.

The low level of water due to the drought affects the reproduction of the species, which is what dozens of families live on.

Last season they experienced this same problem, fishing more than a thousand tons, about fifty percent less than the previous year.

Hipólito Flores, a fisherman in the area, explained: “Oxygen is the food for the fish, the tilapia, the bass, it is more oxygen, right now it almost has no oxygen, half of the water has no oxygen. What happens? It does not grow, it does not develop, and many die. Production? It also goes down a lot, production goes down a lot, too much”.

The current fishing cycle is about to close and it is already forecast that due to the low water level, it will be almost fifty percent lower.

More than 700 direct and indirect jobs depend on this activity in the community of Bacurato, Sinaloa.

Source: TV Azteca

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