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Northern Zone drought killing cattle

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Costa Rica, C.A.

At least 257 cows have been confirmed dead as a months-old drought tightens its grip on Costa Rica's barren Northern Zone.

The deaths have spread across 54 ranches in the canton of Los Chiles, which borders Nicaragua in north-central Costa Rica.

The nation's ombudswoman, whose title in Spanish translates literally as the “defender of the inhabitants,” yesterday called for the government to declare an “agricultural and public health emergency,” the wire service ACAN-EFE reported.

“We are talking about a lot of people who live off agriculture and also need water to satisfy their basic food and cleaning necessities,” said Ombudswoman Lisbeth Quesada.

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