Climate change makes many people around the world panic, but in the small town of Viru in Peru’s Sechura desert, it is actually welcomed.
The melting of Andean glaciers has created an irrigation system that serves the nearby farmland with a canal network, according to a report from America. This water also generates electrohydraulic power for 50,000 people and supplies drinking water to around 700,000 people.
Some of the crops that are grown in this region are grapes, passion fruit, asparagus, and blueberries that Peru exports, and are greatly benefited from the water system. Nevertheless, farmers in this area are worried that they could run out of water since the glaciers eventually will disappear and the population is growing.
Experts on glaciers assure that the melted ice has created lagoons that have become water sources for the region. “Peru is home to 70% of the world’s tropical glaciers”, explained Dan Collyns from America, adding that as they have been disappearing the change is evident.
However, one negative aspect is that the melting also brings an unpredictable weather, as well as the arrival of pests because of the warm climate.
Another imminent threat is the possible flood that could affect the nearby population. Just as it was recently reported, the people are at risk of suffering from a massive chunk of ice that could fall off from glaciers teetering above the city into Lake Palcacocha.