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In picures: Drought depletes Paraguay river, a country's lifeline

Updated : 2020-10-14 15:22:45

The Paraguay River reached its lowest level in 50 years on October 9, 2020, following months of extreme drought, which has exposed the nation’s economic dependence on the river and limited access to drinking water.

A fisherman searches for eels in the mud of the dried up Paraguay River in Chaco-i, across the river from Asuncion, Paraguay. The Paraguay River reached its lowest level in 50 years on October 9, 2020, following months of extreme drought, which has exposed the nation’s economic dependence on the river and limited access to drinking water. (AP Photo/Jorge Saenz)
A fisherman searches for eels in the mud of the dried up Paraguay River in Chaco-i, across the river from Asuncion, Paraguay. The Paraguay River reached its lowest level in 50 years on October 9, 2020, following months of extreme drought, which has exposed the nation’s economic dependence on the river and limited access to drinking water. (AP Photo/Jorge Saenz)
A ship extracts sand from the river bed of Paraguay River, taking advantage of its low water level, off the shores of Asuncion, Paraguay. (AP Photo/Jorge Saenz)
A ship extracts sand from the river bed of Paraguay River, taking advantage of its low water level, off the shores of Asuncion, Paraguay. (AP Photo/Jorge Saenz)
Cracked earth is exposed in the riverbed of the Paraguay River in Chaco-i near Asuncion city. (AP Photo/Jorge Saenz)
Cracked earth is exposed in the riverbed of the Paraguay River in Chaco-i near Asuncion city. (AP Photo/Jorge Saenz)
A man fishes from a rock unsurfaced by the historically low water level of the Paraguay River near the Remanso bridge in Mariano Roque Alonso. (AP Photo/Jorge Saenz)
A man fishes from a rock unsurfaced by the historically low water level of the Paraguay River near the Remanso bridge in Mariano Roque Alonso. (AP Photo/Jorge Saenz)
Shipyard workers return to Asuncion, Paraguay after working on the other side of the Paraguay River. (AP Photo/Jorge Saenz)
Shipyard workers return to Asuncion, Paraguay after working on the other side of the Paraguay River. (AP Photo/Jorge Saenz)
A fisherman searches for crabs in the Paraguay River near the Remanso bridge in Mariano Roque Alonso. (AP Photo/Jorge Saenz)
A fisherman searches for crabs in the Paraguay River near the Remanso bridge in Mariano Roque Alonso. (AP Photo/Jorge Saenz)
Birds gather on the sandbanks that were unearthed by the historically low level of the Paraguay River in Asuncion. (AP Photo/Jorge Saenz)
Birds gather on the sandbanks that were unearthed by the historically low level of the Paraguay River in Asuncion. (AP Photo/Jorge Saenz)
The remnants of an ancient volcano are exposed in the Paraguay River in Asuncion, Paraguay. (AP Photo/Jorge Saenz)
The remnants of an ancient volcano are exposed in the Paraguay River in Asuncion, Paraguay. (AP Photo/Jorge Saenz)
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