• Short Summary

    FOR THREE YEARS THE ARGENTINE PAMPAS, SOUTH WEST OF BUENOS AIRES, HAS BEEN UNDERGOING A DRY SPELL THAT HAS ALL BUT DESTROYED THE CROPS AND LIVESTOCK OVER 30-MILLION ACRES OF LAND.

  • Description

    FOR THREE YEARS THE ARGENTINE PAMPAS, SOUTH WEST OF BUENOS AIRES, HAS BEEN UNDERGOING A DRY SPELL THAT HAS ALL BUT DESTROYED THE CROPS AND LIVESTOCK OVER 30-MILLION ACRES OF LAND.

    THE AREA GENERALLY AVERAGES 24 INCHES OF RAIN ANNUALLY.BUT DURING THE LAST THREE YEARS IT HAS AMOUNTED TO FEWER THAN 11 INCHES AN SOME AREAS HAVE HAD NO RAIN SINCE LAST AUGUST.

    LAST YEAR MORE THAN MILLION CATTLE DIED.MORE THAN 5-MILLION SHEEP HAVE DIED AND THE DAMAGE DONE AMOUNTS TO OVER 150-MILLION DOLLARS AND IS RISING.DUST LIES PILED UP ACROSS THE LANDSCAPE AND BONES OF LIVESTOCK ARE SEEN EVERYWHERE.

    CATTLE TRY DESPERATELY TO FEED OFF WHAT LITTLE GRASS REMAINS AND FALL FROM WEAKNESS EVEN AS THEY ARE BEING DRIVEN TO MARKET IN A LAST DESPERATE ATTEMPT BY RANCHERS TO GET BACK SOME MONEY.FARMERS AND RANCHERS ARE BEING WIPED OUT.

    SHEEP HAVE BEEN WORSE HIT THAN CATTLE.THE FRANTIC EFFORTS TO FIND GRAZING FEED HAS WEAKENED THE ANIMALS AND THE WIND AND DUST HAVE BLINDED GREAT NUMBERS AS FLYING THISTLES INJURE THE ANIMALS.

    DUST PILES UP AGAINST FENCES, HOUSES AND GRAIN FIELDS.80 PER CENT OF THE HARVEST HAS BEEN LOST.IN CORONEL, SURAREZ, AN AREA THAT FORMERLY PRODUCED 3-MILLION SACKS OF CORN A YEAR, THERE WAS A HARVEST OF ONLY 250 SACKS THIS YEAR.THE REGION IS LITERALLY TURNING INTO A DESERT.

    THE SITUATION IS SIMILAR TO THAT WHICH DEVELOPED IN THE GREAT DUST BOWL IN THE UNITED STATES DURING THE EARLY 1930's.NOR RAIN, BAD EXPLOITATION OF THE LAND AND LACK OF PREVENTIVE MEASURES HAVE RESULTED IN TOP SOIL BEING BLOWN AWAY.THE GOVERNMENT IS TRYING TO HELP AND AID IS BEING SOUGHT FROM THE OUTSIDE.

    IN THE MEANTIME, WINDSTORMS CONTINUE, WIND KEEPS BLOWING THE SOIL AWAY.WHIRLWINDS OF DUST ARE SEEN ACROSS THE DESOLATE PAMPAS, BLOWING AWAY THE FARM LANDS, PILING UP DUST AND KILLING OFF THE VEGETATION AND LIVESTOCK.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAF0I0FM0C2ML6N9OSZHOEVQ5S0
    Media URN:
    VLVAF0I0FM0C2ML6N9OSZHOEVQ5S0
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/02/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:26:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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