Bolivia's water-regulation authority has stated that the current water crisis would likely extend into 2018, leaving its people struggling to find water from other, limited resources.

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Bolivia drought
Bolivia drought
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Victor Hugo Rico, director of state water company Epsas, explained to Reuters that the drought affecting five out of nine Bolivian departments was not expected to normalise for more than a year. "We hope, we hope that rain comes little by little to replace water in the system," he told the newswire.

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A man inspects a watering hole for llamas in El ChoroDavid Mercado/Reuters
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Sheep in a watering hole in ChaytaviDavid Mercado/Reuters
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A dried irrigation canal in El ChoroDavid Mercado/Reuters

It is the worst drought the country has seen for 25 years. The severe water shortage left Bolivia's government with no choice but to declare a state of emergency on 21 November, making funds available to alleviate a crisis that has affected families and the agriculture sector.

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A rain water bucket is seen during a water-drought season in ChasquipampaDavid Mercado/Reuters
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A woman walks next to a rain water barrel during a water-drought season in ChasquipampaDavid Mercado/Reuters
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A worker blocks a restaurant's restrooms doors where banners reads 'Out of service' due to lack of water in La PazDavid Mercado/Reuters
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Water purification tablets are seen in a health centre during a water-drought season in ChasquipampaDavid Mercado/Reuters
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A woman stands in a restaurant kitchen where there is not enough water in La PazDavid Mercado/Reuters

An estimated 125,000 families have been affected by the drought, along with 716,605 acres of agricultural land and 360,000 heads of cattle, according to Bolivia's Vice Ministry of Civil Defense. President Evo Morales called on local government to devote funds and workers to drill wells and transport water to cities in vehicles, with the support of the armed forces, from nearby bodies of water.

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Bolivia's President Evo Morales (C) participates in a Aymara ceremony demanding for rain in Laja near La PazEnzo De Luca/Reuters
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Aymara people sacrifice a llama during a ritual at their Farming Union headquarters in CaracolloDavid Mercado/Reuters
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A man and woman hold carcasses of their animals that died during the worst drought in 25 years in El ChoroDavid Mercado/Reuters
Bolivia drought
A farmer stands next to a carcass of a cow in El ChoroDavid Mercado/Reuters