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The small Cconchaccota lagoon has been the axis of life in Vilma Huamaní's community high in Peru's southern Andes. It was a source of trout, fun for children eager to swim, beauty as flamingos flew from over the mountains and water for thirsty sheep. Nowadays, though, all Huamaní sees of the lagoon is a plain of cracked and broken soil surrounded by yellow grass. The rainy season in this part of South America should have started in September. But the area is experiencing its driest period in almost a half century, affecting more than 3,000 communities in the central and southern Andes of Peru.
Girls play with a block of ice pieced togehter from sleet that fell the day before on the Cconchaccota community, in the Apurimac region of Peru, Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022. Peasants of the Andes in various regions of Peru and Bolivia are praying for rain amidst an ongoing drought. (AP Photo/Guadalupe Pardo)
Members of Florida Task Force 2 urban search and rescue gain access to a home through a broken upper window to confirm the home is clear of people and human remains, a week after the passage of Hurricane Ian, in Fort Myers Beach, Fla., on Oct. 5, 2022. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)