The Brazilian semi-arid region has over the last few years experienced the worst drought in decades. According its national agency of water, this drought is increasingly proving to be major challenge for South America’s largest nation. “The water level of the So Francisco River [one of the most important in Brazil] is so low and water quality is so poor that it is no longer possible to fish. Our cattle are dying of thirst,” said Edlcio Rodrigues, a former fisherman and resident of the municipality of Manga, in Minas Gerais state, one of the worst-affected areas.
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