Weekly Report - 30 June 2022 (WR-22-26)

MEXICO: Nuevo León water crisis piles pressure on governor

Mexico’s northern state of Nuevo León is experiencing its worst water scarcity crisis in over three decades. The shortages are the result of years of low rainfall and mismanagement of the state’s main water sources - El Cuchillo, La Boca, and Cerro Prieto dams. The state government, led by governor Samuel García Sepúlveda of the leftist Movimiento Ciudadano (MC), has resorted to water rationing, cloud seeding, and obliging local businesses to cede part of their water supply in a bid to alleviate the crisis. As public discontent grows, dam levels sink, and the political opposition weighs in, García is feeling the pressure.

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