Numeriano Alabado (2nd from left), a farmer from Brgy. Mangumbali, Candaba, 60 kilometers North of Manila, shows a portion of his rice field, 5 hectares of which can no longer yield crops due to the lack of water. Alabado and other farmers in the area...

Photo | April 21, 2010

Numeriano Alabado (2nd from left), a farmer from Brgy. Mangumbali, Candaba, 60 kilometers North of Manila, shows a portion of his rice field, 5 hectares of which can no longer yield crops due to the lack of water. Alabado and other farmers in the area are experiencing this kind of drought for the very first time. The current El Nino phenomenon 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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