Brazil creates working group to confront drought in the Amazon | News

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The Government of Brazil created a working group between ministers and the Government of Amazonas, as well as allocated 28 million dollars for dredging works in the rivers due to the serious drought that currently affects most of the region considered “the lung of the planet.”


Emergency decreed in the state of Amazonas, Brazil, due to drought

Nine out of ten cities in that Brazilian state are in an emergency or alert situation due to this phenomenon.

Those affected number 111,000, but this figure may reach 500,000 by the end of October, due to the shortage of water and food.

For her part, the Minister of the Environment of the South American country, Marina Silva, stated that "the situation is very worrying." She also indicated that the low level of the rivers and the increasingly warmer waters have killed masses of fish that They float on the surface of rivers and contaminate drinking water.

He noted that the Air Force will send supplies of water, food, medicine and other resources by air to the states of Amazonas and Acre.

According to the expert, this event is due to the El Niño phenomenon, which this year has had a greater impact than normal, mixed with changes in weather patterns caused by global warming.

The head of the sector warns that this drought "is incomparably stronger and could occur more frequently."

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