The severe drought that is registered since 2015 in the upper area of the department of Tarija,
And remains dormant to date, killed about 1,500 sheep and more than 600 llamas in different communities within the municipality of Yunchará. There were problems of diseases in the animals, because of the lack of water and fodder.
This information was made known by the Assemblyman by the Movement to Socialism (MAS) of that municipality, Basilio Ramos, who reported that due to the lack of water and fodder for the animals the peasant families of different communities of the second section of Avilés lost some 2,100 heads of cattle, between sheep and llamas.
“According to a rapid assessment with community leaders, the death toll this year from the effects of the drought has been severe. At least 1,500 sheep and 600 llamas of all sizes have died due to lack of water and grass that has not existed in the prairies for months, “Ramos explained. The authority said that the number of animals killed due to lack of water and fodder in the more distant and dry areas may increase in the following days, due to the seasonal change in the fields. A situation that causes diseases such as diarrhea, colic and parasites in newborn animals and in full growth.
The Deputy Governor of Yunchara, Eleodoro Jurado, stated that the problem of drought in her region, in addition to the death of cattle, ended with one hundred percent of the crops of potatoes, maize, barley, beans, and some fruit trees such as Grapes, apples and peaches mainly in the San del Oro River basin. In addition, the lack of rain and water in almost two years, both for the consumption of the population, animals and crops in the 45 communities of the municipality of Yunchará, caused the migration Of the 50 percent of the families to other cities like Tarija, Santa Cruz and the Argentine north.
“The lack of water this year caused peasant families in our communities to migrate 50 percent to other parts of the country and Argentina, because the situation in our area is critical. And to continue the phenomenon of drought our municipality will have a massive migration in the coming months, “he warned.