Iguazu Falls, located between Argentina and Brazil, has experienced a dramatic drop in water volume thanks to a lack of rain that is also affecting local water supplies

Startling images show how Iguazu Falls - the world's largest waterfall - is almost completely dry because of a serious drought.

According to local media, Iguazu Falls located on the border of the Argentine province of Misiones and the Brazilian state of Parana have experienced a dramatic fall in water volume.

According to local media the waterfalls of Bossetti, San Martin, Dos Hermanas, Velo de Novia, Alvar Nunez, Arrechea and Floriano - which compose Iguazu - are visibly affected by the drought, with moss growing and little water flowing.

Reports state that the last excursions before activity in the Iguazu National Park were stopped due to the coronavirus lockdown declared in Argentina on March 15 were suspended because of the fall in the water volume.

The 1,600 cubic metres per second that usually fall down the 275 waterfalls in the park have reportedly decreased to 288 cubic metres - a figure lower than the last drought in 2006 when the cubic metres of water falling per second decreased to 300.

Local media reports that the drop is due to the lack of rain which has caused a drought in the region as well as Brazilian electricity companies closing their upriver dams against the warning messages of UNESCO.

The closure of the dams has reportedly affected the water supply in the region of Puerto Iguazu.

Iguazu Falls was formed as the result of a volcanic eruption, and spans an area of 2.7 kilometres.

Of its 275 waterfalls, Devil's Throat is the tallest measuring more more than 80 metres - nearly twice as tall as Niagara Falls.

The name 'Iguazu' comes from the native Guarani language and translates as "big water".

During the rainy reason from November to March, its water flow can peak at 13,000 cubic metres per second - the equivalent of five Olympic swimming pools.