Brazil hit by ‘worst drought’ after 80 years

Brazil hit by ‘worst drought’ after 80 years

Brazil hit by ‘worst drought’ after 80 years

Written by Staff Writer

24 Jan, 2015 | 12:55 pm

Brazil’s Environment Minister Izabella Teixeira has said the country’s most populous region is experiencing its worst drought since 1930.

The states of Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Minas Gerais must save water, she said after an emergency meeting in the capital, Brasilia.

Ms Teixeira described the water crisis as “delicate” and “worrying”.

The crisis comes at a time of high demand for energy, with soaring temperatures in the summer months.

Industry and agriculture are expected to be affected, further damaging Brazil’s troubled economy.

The drought is also having an impact on energy supplies, with reduced generation from hydroelectric dams.

Source:BBC

(Picture Courtesy : Reuters)

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