- Title: Dams dry up as Brazil's Sao Paulo state grapples with severe drought
- Date: 9th October 2021
- Summary: SAO PAULO, BRAZIL (OCTOBER 9, 2021) (REUTERS) DRONE SHOT OF BIRDS IN DRY CANTAREIRA RESERVOIR VARIOUS DRONE SHOTS OF CRACKS IN THE GROUND VARIOUS DRONE SHOTS OF CANTAREIRA RESERVOIR WITH EXTREMELY LOW WATER LEVELS (SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) GREENPEACE CLIMATE AND JUSTICE SPOKESPERSON, PAMELA GOPI, SAYING: "Today the water crisis in Brazil is giving us a sign - a warning sign that is important for us to be able to act and demand concrete actions from our government to regulate our country's climate issue. Today, to speak of a water crisis is to speak of the largest tropical forest in the world, the Amazon Forest, which is mostly in Brazilian territory and which today has alarming levels of deforestation, fire seasons and fires caused by human actions." VARIOUS DRONE SHOTS SHOWING OF LOW WATER LEVELS AT CANTAREIRA RESERVOIR (SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) BIOLOGIST, MARIO MOSCATELLI, SAYING: "A water powerhouse that has been accustomed to turning water into sewage. We urgently need to protect all the mechanisms of environmental homeostasis, of climate homeostasis which we insist on systematically degrading, on usurping." VARIOUS CRACKS IN THE GROUND (SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) GREENPEACE CLIMATE AND JUSTICE SPOKESPERSON, PAMELA GOPI, SAYING: "It's possible to get around the crises that the country and the world are facing right now due to the extreme events of climate change. But for this it is necessary to act urgently because there is no planet B - we don't have a planet B to think of solutions for 100, 50, even 30 years from now." LOW WATER LEVELS AT RESERVOIR VARIOUS OF DRY PLANTS ON THE SHORE VARIOUS OF COW CARCASS ON THE RESERVOIR
- Embargoed: 23rd October 2021 15:53
- Keywords: Amazon Brazil Cantareira reservoir Sabesp Sao Paulo dam drought water
- Location: SAO PAULO, BRAZIL
- City: SAO PAULO, BRAZIL
- Country: Brazil
- Topics: Droughts,Disaster/Accidents,South America / Central America
- Reuters ID: LVA001EYFR03R
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Brazil, one of the world's agricultural superpowers, is grappling with one of its worst droughts in nearly a century.
The lack of rainfall has hurt farmers and forced the country to rely more on costly thermoelectric power plants, stoking inflation and dragging on the economy.
With reservoirs low at key hydroelectric dams, the government is encouraging Brazilians to consume less power, but has so far ruled out energy rationing.
The level of the Cantareira System, a water supply system in the state of Sao Paulo, has reached 29% of its capacity.
This is the lowest volume ever recorded in the last five years according to the daily bulletin of the Basic Sanitation Company of the State of SÃ£o Paulo (Sabesp).
The source supplies 7.2 million inhabitants of Greater SÃ£o Paulo.
Greenpeace's Climate and Justice spokesperson in Brazil, Pamela Gopi, said droughts in the Amazon are a warning sign that should be used to demand action from the government to tackle the climate issue.
"It's possible to get around the crises that the country and the world are facing right now due to the extreme events of climate change. But for this it is necessary to act urgently because there is no planet B," Gopi said.
(Production: Leonardo Benassatto, Nina Lopez)
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