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Opinion, by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Brazil’s Northeast has long suffered from periodic droughts, particularly in the semi-arid region known as the “sertão”. That has prompted tens of thousands of people there to pack up and migrate south to São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, where jobs and water were in abundance.

Or, at least there was water until the drought of 2014/15 which struck Brazil’s Southeast. Just as in the sertão, the rainy season (December, January, February) has been inordinately dry. Reservoirs have shrunk to alarming levels, which the papers . . .

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