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Mexico Declares Drought Disaster

May 21, 1999

MEXICO CITY (AP) _ Mexico has declared five northern states disaster areas due to a drought that has wiped out corn and other crops.

The states of Coahuila, Chihuahua, Sonora, Durango and Sinaloa will be eligible for federal relief funds under the decree, announced Thursday and effective Friday.

Reservoirs in northern Mexico are at an average 79 percent below capacity and the rainfall from January through April was 93 percent below the average for that period.

Farmers aren’t the only ones who have been affected. Ranchers have had to sell cattle because the herds have no place to graze.

The government said it was reviewing four other states for eligibility for disaster relief because of drought _ Zacatecas, San Luis Potosi, Tamaulipas and Baja California Sur.

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