Farmers and their children look at a Greenpeace paramotor (a powered paraglider) as it surveys drought-affected rice fields in Brgy. Mangumbali, Candaba, 60 kilometers North of Manila. Some rice fields remain unplanted due to the lack of Water supply...

Photo | April 21, 2010

Farmers and their children look at a Greenpeace paramotor (a powered paraglider) as it surveys drought-affected rice fields in Brgy. Mangumbali, Candaba, 60 kilometers North of Manila. Some rice fields remain unplanted due to the lack of Water supply brought about by an intense El Nino phenomenon which has dried up rivers, dams and irrigation systems. The Greenpeace Water Watch project, launched last April 12, monitored water levels in Angat Dam last week and is now travelling across Central and Northern Luzon to survey damage brought on by the ongoing drought. Angat Dam, which breached its critical level last week, has ceased supplying irrigation to farms in Bulacan and Pampanga, a situation also faced by other provinces relying on similarly depleted reservoirs. Farmers across the country are among the most affected by extreme weather brought about by climate change.

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