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I can't understand what the following sentences mean. ( especially the red parts) Can you help me?
1) Under complex water agreements with the U.S., Mexico can take water from the Rio Grande but must pay it back. 2) President Fox has promised to pay the debt, which amount to enough to put the state of Delaware under a flood of water.
#1 The USA and Mexico have an agreement whereby Mexico can extract water from the Rio Grande [which runs between the two], but is obliged to repay the USA for the amount extracted. The form of payment is not clear from the sentence you give - it could be monetary.
#2 Without context this is more difficult. It could mean that the repayment is in the form of water, of which there would be enough volume to flood the entire State of Delaware. There also seems to be a typo - "which amounts to ...".