Worlds Biggest Waterfall Dries Out In Drought

These startling images show how Iguazu Falls – the world’s largest waterfall – is almost completely dry because of a serious drought.

According to local media, Iguazu Falls located on the border of the Argentine province of Misiones and the Brazilian state of Parana have experienced a dramatic fall in water volume.

Startling images show the rocky walls of the falls with little water.

According to local media the waterfalls of Bossetti, San Martin, Dos Hermanas, Velo de Novia, Alvar Nunez, Arrechea and Floriano – which compose Iguazu – are visibly affected by the drought, with moss growing and little water flowing.

Video Credit: Newsflash/@iguazuargentina

Reports state that the last excursions before activity in the Iguazu National Park were stopped due to the lockdown declared in Argentina on the 15th of March were suspended because of the fall in the water volume.

The 1,600 cubic metres per second that usually fall down the 275 waterfalls in the park have reportedly decreased to 288 cubic metres. A figure lower than the last drought in 2006 when the cubic metres of water falling per second decreased to 300.

Local media reports that the drop is due to the lack of rain which has caused a drought in the region as well as Brazilian electricity companies closing their upriver dams against the warning messages of UNESCO.

The closure of the dams has reportedly affected the water supply in the region of Puerto Iguazu.

Credit: Newsflash/@iguazuargentina
September 2019 pictures of the Iguazu waterfalls

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