Worst drought in 50 years takes toll in northern Brazil

May 14, 2012
A dried out lagoon in Brazil in 1998. Severe drought gripping northeastern Brazil -- the worst in a half-century -- is taking its toll on more than 1,100 towns, even triggering fighting in rural areas, local media reported Sunday.

Severe drought gripping northeastern Brazil -- the worst in a half-century -- is taking its toll on more than 1,100 towns, even triggering fighting in rural areas, local media reported Sunday.

An average of one person a day is being killed in "water wars" in rural areas, while scores of animals are wasting away before perishing, the O Globo newspaper reported over the weekend.

Short have devastated farm output, the report said, endangering the lives of local people and their livestock.

Many people in the area have lost half their livestock, and the Brazilian government has reduced forecasts for corn, soy and bean crops.

In Pernambuco, 66 municipalities are on water emergencies, rivers have run completely dry and animals looking for water in the riverbed can only find the odd muddy puddle.

Local dams in the region are running dry, and abuses are rife. In one cited example, water make deliveries -- but only if customers promise to vote for certain local candidates.

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Vendicar_Decarian
5 / 5 (1) May 14, 2012
Reductions in food production are not a problem.

Global Warming Denialists have assured me that it will all be made up by growing corn and wheat on the barren rock of the Canadian Shield.

There is plenty of soil in brazil, and plenty of water in Northern Canada, and plenty of sunshine on the moon. So everything needed for a massive increase in food production is in place.