In southern Florida the Everglades National Park, a large wildlife refuge,is being threatened by a severe drought.
GV Part of Everglades Park
PAN Alligator swimming
CU Water level measuring post registering zero.
GV Dried up stream
SCU PAN Trickle of water in stream
CU Sign flood control district
LV Flood gates
SV Rust on float showing normal level
GV Flood gates.
CU Red Cross canteen & PAN TO trucks unloaded
SV Truck unloaded
SV Women watching
SV Trucks unloaded.
DU Sign "U pick tomatoes"
GV Dried up tomato field
SV & CU Tomatoes cracking in heat
CU "Corn U pick" sign
GV Young corn & TILT UP TO lorry spraying
LV Smoke from fire in distance.
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Background: In southern Florida the Everglades National Park, a large wildlife refuge,is being threatened by a severe drought. Months of inadequate rainfall have produced the condition. Less than a fourth of the normal amount of rain has fallen since last September. Alligators, marsh birds, and other wildlife are crowding around shrinking waterholes. The drought has also created a serious fire hazard in the Everglades, with large areas of browning grasslands.
Large vegetable farms are also hard hit. Crops, such as corn and tomatoes, are much smaller than usual. Farmers are allowing tourists to pick their own vegetables due to the dried up condition of the crops. Because of this a great many migrant workers, who normally pick these crops, are unemployed. 2.5 million dollars (six million sterling) in relief aid has been sent to help out-of-work migrants in Florida.