Chile’s Piñera says drought is “silent earthquake” and announces new fund

According to Greenpeace, Chile, which is experiencing its worst drought in six decades, is the country with the greatest water crisis in the entire western hemisphere.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Chilean President Sebastián Piñera said Sunday that the drought is a "silent earthquake" that has been affecting the country for 13 years and announced a fund of 100 million pesos (US$130 million) to help small farmers affected by the lack of water.

"This extensive drought has meant a rainfall deficit of between 60% and 80% compared to a normal year and has affected the flows of our rivers, which are close to their historic minimums," the conservative president denounced in a rural area of the capital region.

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