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'Mighty' Mississippi faces raft of problems
Drought causes drop in water levels, threatening largest US river system's role as trade route.
Last Modified: 25 Aug 2012 12:49

A prolonged drought has caused a drastic drop in the water levels of the Mississippi River, the largest river system in the US. 

The problem is so severe that cargo barges are getting stuck while trying to navigate through it, forcing suppliers to instead make deliveries by road.

The Mississippi's water level is currently four times lower than it was last year, with forecasts showing little sign of rain in the near future. 

Al Jazeera's John Terrett reports from Missouri.

 

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