Severe Drought Parches South America

Large parts of South America face a serious drought.

Large parts of South America face a serious drought. 

Signs of drought began to appear in mid-2018 in southeastern Brazil and have spread into parts of Paraguay, Bolivia and northern Argentina by 2020. 

“This is the second most intense drought in South America since 2002,” noted Matthew Rodell, a hydrologist based at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. 

“The calculation is based on the extent, duration, and volume of water lost during the drought as measured by the GRACE and GRACE-FO satellites.” The most intense drought on record was in eastern Brazil and Venezuela in 2015-2016.

Drought is a result of the long period of dry weather in central and southern South America.

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