Drought In Brazil

Collection with 9 media items created by U.S. Editor

11 Jan 2013 11:00

Brazil's hydroelectric dams, which generate 67% of the country's power, has seen water levels dip to near critical levels. According to the latest data from Brazil's national grid operator (ONS), hydroelectric reservoirs in the heavily populated south-east and centre-west, which provide energy for the country's industrial hub, are operating at about 30% capacity. Dry weather has hurt crops and animal carcasses lie abandoned in some areas that have seen almost no rain in the past two years. The drought has also wiped off some 30 percent of sugar cane production in the region responsible for 10 percent of Brazil's cane output.

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Drought in Brazil (3 of 25)
Andaraí, Bahia, Brazil
By Flavio Forner
17 Mar 2013

A closed up house near the city of Andaraí where drought strongly affects the inhabitants, stands solitary except for a political poster farmers allow politicians to post in exchange for aid.

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Drought in Brazil (4 of 25)
Andaraí, Bahia, Brazil
By Flavio Forner
17 Mar 2013

A Former farmer. After many years of drought, this is his biggest in 50 years

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Drought in Brazil (5 of 25)
Andaraí, Bahia, Brazil
By Flavio Forner
17 Mar 2013

A farmer walks with his cattle to graze on the side of highway.

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Drought in Brazil (6 of 25)
Andaraí, Bahia, Brazil
By Flavio Forner
17 Mar 2013

A farmer wears thick layers of clothing, despite the heat, for protection from the sun.

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Drought in Brazil (7 of 25)
Vera Cruz, Bahia, Brazil
By Flavio Forner
17 Mar 2013

A private Truck sells potable water. (15,000 L for $ 90.00). Some travel 100km away in search of drinkable water. Many people can not afford to pay the price.

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Drought in Brazil (8 of 25)
Andaraí, Bahia, Brazil
By Flavio Forner
10 Jan 2013

The water tank is almost dry and the little that is left is not enough for cattle on properties near Andaraí.

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Drought in Brazil (9 of 25)
Vera Cruz, Bahia, Brazil
By Flavio Forner
10 Jan 2013

The cattle are too thin. The little grass that remains is taken by stronger animals.

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Drought in Brazil (24 of 25)
Bahia, Brazil
By Flavio Forner
18 Mar 2013

Animal cemetary where bones and carcasses are deposited. Many dead animals still transmit diseases. Many ranchers deposit carcasses in a specific place for the flies and vultures consume the dead animals.

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Drought in Brazil (25 of 25)
Bahia, Brazil
By Flavio Forner
18 Mar 2013

Farms are for sale. Many homeowners put their properties for sale and migrate to the coast in search of work.