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Laguna del Farallón in Veracruz lost 75 percent of its water in several months, Mexico

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Laguna del Farallón — a 180 ha (445 acres) lagoon in Veracruz, Mexico — has lost 75% of its water over the past several months due to lack of rain and drought.

As of April 22, drought conditions are covering 85 percent of Mexico. In Veracruz, 32 of the state's 212 municipalities are under severe drought conditions.

Images below show Laguna del Llano and Laguna del Farallon in April 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021 as seen by the Sentinel-2 satellite.

Laguna del Farallon, Veracruz, Mexico

Laguna del Farallon, Veracruz, Mexico

Laguna del Farallon on April 19, 2018. Credit: Copernicus EU/Sentinel-2, TW

Laguna del Farallon on April 19, 2018. Credit: Copernicus EU/Sentinel-2, TW

Laguna del Farallon on April 19, 2019. Credit: Copernicus EU/Sentinel-2, TW

Laguna del Farallon on April 19, 2019. Credit: Copernicus EU/Sentinel-2, TW

Laguna del Farallon on April 18, 2020. Credit: Copernicus EU/Sentinel-2, TW

Laguna del Farallon on April 18, 2020. Credit: Copernicus EU/Sentinel-2, TW

Laguna del Farallon on April 18, 2021. Credit: Copernicus EU/Sentinel-2, TW

Laguna del Farallon on April 18, 2021. Credit: Copernicus EU/Sentinel-2, TW

Laguna del Farallon on April 23, 2021. Credit: Copernicus EU/Sentinel-2, TW

Laguna del Farallon on April 23, 2021. Credit: Copernicus EU/Sentinel-2, TW

A majority of the boats belonging to the local fishermen sit resting on the lagoon’s severely cracked bottom, while others are barely wet, the Riviera Maya News reports.

Locals attribute the lake's drying up to the intense heat and lack of rain, which has been noted to be well under the seasonal average.

Featured image: Laguna del Farallon on April 23, 2021. Credit: Copernicus EU/Sentinel-2, TW

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