Worst drought since 30 years

In Pernambuco, about 70 municipalities in the hinterland are in a state of emergency. The situation tends to worsen as the rainy season is almost over. So the conflict for water will continue. The brazilian news already claimed a war for water in the region.

As reported in the Veja (comparable to “Spiegel” in Germany), in the affected area, in most of the municipalities the reduction of rainfall was on average 75% – reaching 92% in some. The ponds and small reservoirs located in the interior hold only 30% of their capacity. The lack of rain caused the loss of 370 thousand tons of grain. And the smallholders that breed cattle or goat are selling their stocks since they cannot feed or saturate them.

So while we were thinking during our visit, that the rainy season was yet to come, feeling pity for the obviously drought-stressed vegetaion, the few green leaves that were there in march and april now are probably gone. The caatinga gives a tribute to its name, that is of Tupi origin, derived from the words caa (forest, vegetation) and tinga (white, light), and translates to “white forest”.


3 responses to “Worst drought since 30 years

  1. Hello Germany,
    greetings from Itacuruba!!!
    It is so unbelievable sad! All over you can see dead cows and horses! On the farms you see cows to weak to stand up again,so they are just lying on the ground waiting for their death. Besides them the farmers without a chance to do anything against it. Just looking and saving some rice for themselves! It is without a word. And U still have to keep in mind that this is just the begining of the dry period (which is going to take 8 month!!!)…. We (Katharina and me) are without a word. We are feeling so uncomfortable to arrive here, seeing people getting to their limite of life, loosing everything they had, and asking for “where to put our plots”…
    It is sooooo sad!!!!!! =(
    I am going to bring some Fotos to the PhD-Meeting. Internet is to slow to load them up….

  2. Hallo Innovates,
    as Maike and I arrived in the Caatinga we can tell that the situation really is that bad. We just visted a farmer and his half-dead cows which are so weak, are not even able to stand up. In fact, the farmer put strings around the cows in order to lift the up because they cannot do this on their own anymore. The Caatinga itself looks a lot worse than 6 weeks ago. A lot of leaves are gone or just before falling down. The next couple of month there will neither be water nor food for the livestock in most of the Caatinga area. It felt really strange that we are coming to make science at a time where most people have to deal with the survival of their livestock
    However, today we saw a surprising way to resist the drought. Cows and horses were standing next to each other, up to their belly in the water, grazing the water plants. Maybe this is going to be the future.

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