These images show the world’s largest waterfall that has recovered its impressive flow after almost completely drying out because of a serious drought.
Leopoldo Lucas, the President of the Municipal Tourism Department of Iguazu in the north-eastern Argentina province of Misiones, has revealed water is returning to the iconic Iguazu Falls, and the “landscape is changing” after two months of droughts.
Images taken from the waterfalls show the huge amount of water now flowing through them and officials now report that nearly 75 percent of the normal flow has returned.
The Tourism Department of Iguazu in Argentina said that 1,120 cubic metres per second had been registered in the Iguazu River, which represents almost 75 percent of its normal flow of 1,500 cubic metres.
The rate had dropped as low as 288 cubic metres per second during the droughts.
In the video, the water at the ‘Devil’s Throat’ and ‘San Martin’ falls can be seen flowing with impressive power.
Lucas said: “We are very happy, this is good not only for the waterfalls, but also for our flora and fauna and for our communities”.
The municipality of Iguazu has suffered water cuts due to the droughts and the dropping water levels in the area.
The National Park of Iguazu in Argentina has been closed since 15th March in the face of the coronavirus pandemic whilst the Brazilian side of the falls has been closed since 18th March.
Foz do Iguacu, the town nearest the falls in Brazil, has reopened its hotels for visitors with the park itself expected to reopen in Brazil in June.
However, Argentine authorities are reportedly worried about people crossing from Brazil into Argentina in the area as Brazil has been heavily hit by COVID-19 whilst the Misiones area of Argentina has not seen a new infection for 20 days.
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