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Drought Murders Economics and Lives in Central American Areas (Beans+Coffee Hit)

by Paul Hays Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2001 at 5:22 AM
(404) 377-9836 Atlanta Georgia

Much of Guatemala, large portions in Honduras, Nicaragua and approximately 40% of El Salvador are under brutal weather definitions that meet "Drought." Beans, maize, and coffee 3 mainstays and economic indicators are being decimated.

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In Guatemala provinces affected worst: 1. Chiquimula.

2. Jutiapa.

3. Santa Rosa.

4. Jalapa.

5. Zacapa.

6. El Progreso.

7. Baja Veracruz.

8. San Marcos.

9. Retalhuleu.

10. Guatemala.

11. Totonicapan.

9 of 11 are major agricultural areas.

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In Nicaragua: Worst affected areas areas are mainly confined to the western and northwestern provinces.

1. Nueva Segovia.

2. Jinotega.

3. Madriz.

4. Matagalpa.

5. Chinandega.

6. Esteli.

7. Leon.

Also affected are: 8. Masaya.

9. Carazo.

10. Coluteca.

11. Boaco.

12. Province of Managua.

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In Honduras: only 1. Intibuca.

2. Comayagua.

3. Francisco Morazan.

4. El Paraiso.



are suffering greatly now.

USAID is working there now.

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In El Salvador: 1. La Union is in severe drought.

2. Usulutan.

3. San Miguel.

4. Morazan in El Salvador.

Repeat San Vicente is not.

Repeat La Paz is not.

Visit: Http://www.reliefweb.int/int/w/map.nsf/wByCLatest/654060

Paul Hays is a social-justice geographer, bilingual in English and Spanish, writes weekly for the Independent Media Center and serves with Food Not Bombs Atlanta now in it's 8th Year of leadership by Bob Darby.

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