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This week much of the Argentina live one heat wave extreme with temperatures above 40 degrees in Town Y Buenos Aires province, Santa Fe, Santiago del Estero and Tucumán, among others. In that framework, naval Prefecture reported that the Parana River dropped 44 centimeters below zero. The situation worries the residents who must face the consequences.

In Paraná, the capital of Entre Ríos, the river dropped to less than 44 centimeters from sea level, surpassing the 1971 marks of 0.50 meters, and the 2020 and 1970 marks of zero meters, reported Télam. In this framework, Juan Borus, deputy manager of Information Systems and Hydrological Alerts of the National Water Institute, explained in statements to AM1030 the dangers caused by the downspout.

“It is a very persistent fact, a scenario that we have been living for two and a half years and the downflow of the Paraná, we would be two years old in March. It is the longest downspout that we have suffered in the last 80 years,” said the specialist. At that point, he argued that the problem is the persistence of the downspout related to the generalized drought in the region, which is very intense.

Added to the drought is the heat wave that has affected Argentina since last Tuesday. The National Meteorological Service (SMN) forecast maximum temperatures between 40 and 41 degrees for both Santa Fe and Entre Ríos. In the case of the first province, the rains would only arrive on Saturday night to alleviate the exhausting heat a little and help the river’s rise.

Consequences: pollutants and human consumption

“The number of people who live on the riverbank has grown and that means a increased water consumption, with very low waters, the way in which the river water is taken is conditioned, ”explained the expert. At that point, the quality of the water also suffers complications “because pollutants are much more concentrated in reduced water than in normal water.

Borus related what happened to climate change, however he maintained that the results of the investigations are awaited. “The issue of climate change is obviously being observed and followed, it is a special situation that we are experiencing,” he said. Finally, he stated: “As a hydrologist, what I usually say is that this climate variability that we have is the most obvious manifestation of climate change.”

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