The Image of The Iguazu Waterfalls without Water Highlights Drought Losses

Drought has led to damage in agribusiness and compromises supply


The images of the Iguazu waterfalls at its lowest flow of the year, registered on the 9th and 10th of June, demonstrate the severe drought that the Brazilian state of Paraná has been facing for more than a year. In addition to the changes in the scenario and the effects on people's daily lives, the drought imposes losses in areas important to the state's economy and should extend at least until the end of 2021.

Cataratas do Iguaçu em 13 de junho; vazão da água atingiu menor patamar do ano e deve continuar baixa nos próximos meses
The Iguazu Waterfalls without water - Karine Felipe/BBC News Brasil

The hardest hit regions are currently in a water emergency situation, with supply rotation in some cities.

In addition to the drought, which compromises the most important scene of the tourism postcard in Paraná and also sales in local commerce, losses have also accumulated mainly in agriculture.

Other affected sectors are the production of milk and vegetables, activities essentially carried out by small producers.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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