In southern Florida the Everglades National Park, a large wildlife refuge,is being threatened by a severe drought.
In southern Florida the Everglades National Park, a large wildlife refuge,is being threatened by a severe drought. Months of inadequate rainfall have produced the condition. Less than a fourth of the normal amount of rain has fallen since last September. Alligators, marsh birds, and other wildlife are crowding around shrinking waterholes. The drought has also created a serious fire hazard in the Everglades, with large areas of browning grasslands.
Large vegetable farms are also hard hit. Crops, such as corn and tomatoes, are much smaller than usual. Farmers are allowing tourists to pick their own vegetables due to the dried up condition of the crops. Because of this a great many migrant workers, who normally pick these crops, are unemployed. 2.5 million dollars (six million sterling) in relief aid has been sent to help out-of-work migrants in Florida.