A persistent drought, which began in June 1999, is still affecting the north of Paraguay. Frost in May and June last year and fires triggered by pasture clearing methods compounded the difficulties for people living in this area. Recently there has been some rain, but not sufficient to make a significant difference to the situation and there is an acute shortage of water for farming and livestock as well as for human consumption.
As the drought, according to weather predictions, continues the Paraguayan Red Cross is seeking means to provide food to 26,800 of the most affected people for which it launched, through the International Federation, an appeal for 360,000 Swiss francs. The International Federation has released 100,000 Swiss francs from its Disaster Emergency Fund.
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