Natural disasters

More than 100 000 livestock animals perish as intense snowstorms hit Patagonia, 70 percent of flock at risk

Animals in the snow

Intense snowstorms and frosts hit Patagonia amid one of the region’s worst winters in two decades, which has badly affected the agricultural sector. More than 100 000 livestock animals have perished, according to officials’ first estimate of losses, who also warned that herdsmen in the highlands may lose up to 70 percent of the flock. In early August, an agricultural disaster emergency was declared for the affected territories.

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