Paraná river, South America’s agricultural lifeline, reaches historic lows; worst far from over

Argentina's National Water Institute has forecast that a “clearly unfavorable outlook as of September 30 persists, with a certain probability of extending into the subsequent four months, at least.”

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The Paraná River had descended yet another three centimeters over the last 24 hours for a total of 17 centimeters below sea level.

It is a key waterway for the export of agricultural items from the Argentine port of Rosario and Paraguay's access to the ocean. The current situation is the worst ever for navigation since it reached -1.40 meters in 1944.

The current downturn keeps the river far below its average of 3.10 meters in July by the city of Paraná, the capital of Entre Ríos province, where the river reached . . .

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