• jaime gonzalez
  • BBC World, Los Angeles, @bbc_gonzalez

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Huge fires devour miles of hectares of forest, farmers have to abandon their crops, suffering millions in losses, and the authorities are forced to reduce water consumption among the population given the constant decline in water reserves.

We are not describing an apocalyptic scenario that, according to scientists, could take place in many parts of our planet in the not so distant future as a result of climate change, but rather the situation currently being experienced in the southwestern United States .

The lack of precipitation has been severely occurring for three years in states such as California, Arizona and New Mexico, in what is the worst drought on record in the area for more than a century, when it obtained those detected.

The authorities and meteorologists are confident that after the end of the boreal summer the long-awaited rains that usually occur in the region in the autumn months and, in particular, winter, will arrive, although no one can guarantee that this will happen.