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Thousands of fish die in Mexico as lagoon dries amid drought

Thousands of fish have died as a lagoon in northern Mexico partly dried up amid a crippling drought plaguing the country.


The Bustillos Lagoon was below 50 percent of its normal water level, local authorities said, meaning pollutants were more concentrated and hazardous to the species that inhabit it.


Dead fish started piling up on the lake bed’s cracked mud a week ago, and a foul smell hung over the area on Wednesday as workers cleaned up the decomposing remains amid fears they could spread disease.


Mexico has been battling high temperatures, with a dozen cities, including the capital, breaking heat records.

Health authorities say 125 people have died in the current hot season, which started in mid-March.

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