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Rain Relieves Drought In Some Areas Of Mexico, But Not Sonora

Monsoons have arrived in neighboring Sonora, Mexico. But so far the rain hasn’t been enough to lift the state out of severe drought.

Much of Mexico has been experiencing some level of drought for over a year now. And Sonora has been among the states most impacted.

Above average rainfall in recent weeks has relieved drought conditions and lifted water levels in reservoirs to near-full capacity in some parts of the country.

But recent rain hasn’t solved water shortages in Sonora, where reservoirs remain depleted and wide swaths of the state are still considered in extreme or exceptional drought.

More rain is expected in the coming days. And officials say they’re hoping for continued precipitation throughout the summer to help raise water levels in Sonora somewhat.

Kendal Blust, an Arizona native, reports from KJZZ’s bureau in Hermosillo, Sonora, focusing on business and economic relationships between Arizona and northern Mexico.Prior to joining KJZZ, Kendal worked at the Nogales International, reporting on border and immigration issues, local government, education and business. While working on her master’s degree at University of Arizona School of Journalism, she did stints with the Arizona Daily Star and the Tico Times in Costa Rica, and completed a thesis project about women art activists in the Arizona-Sonora borderlands.In her pre-journalist life, Kendal was a teacher, first helping Spanish high school students learn English, then heading to Tucson to teach fourth grade.When she’s not in the newsroom, Kendal enjoys getting outside for a hike or a swim, catching a good movie, hanging out with family and friends, and eating great food.