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GLOBAL-DECADE/
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December 03, 2019
An aerial view of the Atibainha dam, part of the Cantareira reservoir, during a drought in Nazare Paulista,...
NAZARE PAULISTA, Brazil
Pictures of the Decade
An aerial view of the Atibainha dam, part of the Cantareira reservoir, during a drought in Nazare Paulista, Sao Paulo state, Brazil, November 18, 2014. Picture taken November 18, 2014. REUTERS/Nacho Doce/File Photo SEARCH "POY DECADE" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "REUTERS POY" FOR ALL BEST OF 2019 PACKAGES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY.
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February 18, 2016
Paula, 7, poses with her horse on the cracked ground of Atibainha dam, part of the Cantareira reservoir,...
NAZARE PAULISTA, Brazil
Paula poses with her horse on the cracked ground of Atibainha dam
Paula, 7, poses with her horse on the cracked ground of Atibainha dam, part of the Cantareira reservoir, in Nazare Paulista, near Sao Paulo, Brazil, February 12, 2015. Picture taken February 12, 2015. REUTERS/Nacho Doce TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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February 13, 2015
An aerial view shows cows on the cracked ground of Atibainha dam, part of the Cantareira reservoir, during...
NAZARE PAULISTA, Brazil
An aerial view of cows on the cracked ground of Atibainha dam, part of the Cantareira reservoir, during...
An aerial view shows cows on the cracked ground of Atibainha dam, part of the Cantareira reservoir, during a drought in Nazare Paulista, Sao Paulo state February 12, 2015. Brazil's worst drought in 80 years has left the Cantareira system, that provides greater Sao Paulo with most of its water, with the lowest water level on record. Brazil's economy is already expected to post zero growth this year. Worse yet, since Brazil depends on hydroelectric dams for about three quarters of its electricity, power shortages are also possible due to the drought, federal officials have said. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker (BRAZIL - Tags: ENVIRONMENT DISASTER ANIMALS)
BRAZIL-DROUGHT/
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February 04, 2015
A man pours excess water on to the road after filling up his barrel (R) with water from a spout near...
NAZARE PAULISTA, Brazil
A man pours excess water on to the road after filling up his barrel with water from a spout near the...
A man pours excess water on to the road after filling up his barrel (R) with water from a spout near the construction site of a building on Augusta street, in Sao Paulo February 3, 2015. Builders opened a water well by drilling into one of the numerous rivers running underneath the city of Sao Paulo, according to local media. Residents and small businesses are taking advantage of the water from the spout as Sao Paulo, Brazil's largest city, has nearly run out of water and whole country faces power rationing as the worst drought in more than 80 years dries up hydroelectic reservoirs. REUTERS/Nacho Doce (BRAZIL - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY)
BRAZIL-DROUGHT/
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February 03, 2015
A worker picks up a water bottle, which he supplies to offices and apartments, at a water bottle shop...
multiple cities, Brazil
Worker arranges a water bottle, which he supplies to offices and apartments, at a water bottle shop in...
A worker picks up a water bottle, which he supplies to offices and apartments, at a water bottle shop in Sao Paulo, February 3, 2015. Residents of Brazil's largest city, Sao Paulo, could soon only have running water two days a week. The state-owned water management company last week said if rain does not replenish the depleted Cantareira reservoir system soon, they might have to start a "drastic" rationing project on a rotational basis of two days on, five days off. REUTERS/Nacho Doce (BRAZIL - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY)
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February 03, 2015
A worker arranges a water bottle, which he supplies to offices and apartments, at a water bottle shop...
multiple cities, Brazil
Worker arranges a water bottle, which he supplies to offices and apartments, at a water bottle shop in...
A worker arranges a water bottle, which he supplies to offices and apartments, at a water bottle shop in Sao Paulo, February 3, 2015. Residents of Brazil's largest city, Sao Paulo, could soon only have running water two days a week. The state-owned water management company last week said if rain does not replenish the depleted Cantareira reservoir system soon, they might have to start a "drastic" rationing project on a rotational basis of two days on, five days off. REUTERS/Nacho Doce (BRAZIL - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY)
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February 03, 2015
A man takes a picture of Brazilian artist Mundano's work on a mural highlighting the issue of severe...
multiple cities, Brazil
Man takes a picture of Brazilian artist Mundano's work on a mural highlighting the issue of severe water...
A man takes a picture of Brazilian artist Mundano's work on a mural highlighting the issue of severe water shortages in Sao Paulo, February 3, 2015. Residents of Brazil's largest city, Sao Paulo, could soon only have running water two days a week. The state-owned water management company last week said if rain does not replenish the depleted Cantareira reservoir system soon, they might have to start a "drastic" rationing project on a rotational basis of two days on, five days off. The phrases on the mural read "Desert of Cantareira" and "I exchange an iPhone 6 for 2 litres of Water". REUTERS/Nacho Doce (BRAZIL - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY)
BRAZIL-DROUGHT/
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February 03, 2015
A man holds a blanket as he walks past graffiti by Brazilian artist Cranio depicting an indigenous man...
multiple cities, Brazil
Man holds a blanket as he walks past graffiti by Brazilian artist Cranio depicting an indigenous man...
A man holds a blanket as he walks past graffiti by Brazilian artist Cranio depicting an indigenous man swimming in petroleum, on a mural highlighting the issue of severe water shortages in Sao Paulo, February 3, 2015. Residents of Brazil's largest city, Sao Paulo, could soon only have running water two days a week. The state-owned water management company last week said if rain does not replenish the depleted Cantareira reservoir system soon, they might have to start a "drastic" rationing project on a rotational basis of two days on, five days off. REUTERS/Nacho Doce (BRAZIL - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY)
BRAZIL-DROUGHT/
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January 28, 2015
A car that reads "desert of Cantareira" is pictured in part of the Cantareira reservoir, during a drought...
NAZARE PAULISTA, Brazil
A car that reads "desert of Cantareira" is pictured in part of the Cantareira reservoir, during a drought...
A car that reads "desert of Cantareira" is pictured in part of the Cantareira reservoir, during a drought in Nazare Paulista, Sao Paulo state January 28, 2015. Sao Paulo, Brazil's drought-hit megacity of 20 million, has about two months of guaranteed water supply remaining as it taps into the second of three emergency reserves, officials say. REUTERS/Roosevelt Cassio (BRAZIL - Tags: ENVIRONMENT)
BRAZIL-DROUGHT/
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December 03, 2014
A Brazilian flag is seen on the cracked ground of Atibainha dam, part of the Cantareira reservoir, during...
NAZARE PAULISTA, Brazil
Brazilian flag is seen on the cracked ground of Atibainha dam, part of the Cantareira reservoir, during...
A Brazilian flag is seen on the cracked ground of Atibainha dam, part of the Cantareira reservoir, during a drought in Nazare Paulista, Sao Paulo state December 2, 2014. Brazil's worst drought in 80 years has left the Cantareira system, that provides greater Sao Paulo with most of its water, with the lowest water level on record, with daily rationing becoming common in the region's smaller cities, according to the state authorities and the two main reservoirs serving metropolitan Sao Paulo, South America's largest city, could dry out by February if relief does not arrive in the upcoming rainy season. Pictures taken December 2, 2014. REUTERS/Nacho Doce (BRAZIL - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY)
BRAZIL-DROUGHT/
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December 03, 2014
A drought-related cactus installation called "Desert of Cantareira" by Brazilian artist and activist...
NAZARE PAULISTA, Brazil
Drought-related cactus installation called "Desert of Cantareira" by Brazilian artist and activist Mundano...
A drought-related cactus installation called "Desert of Cantareira" by Brazilian artist and activist Mundano is seen at Atibainha dam, part of the Cantareira reservoir, during a drought in Nazare Paulista, Sao Paulo December 2, 2014. Sao Paulo, Brazil's drought-hit megacity of 20 million, has about two months of guaranteed water supply remaining as it taps into the second of three emergency reserves, officials say. REUTERS/Nacho Doce (BRAZIL - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY)
BRAZIL-DROUGHT/
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December 03, 2014
A drought-related cactus installation called "Desert of Cantareira" by Brazilian artist and activist...
NAZARE PAULISTA, Brazil
Drought-related cactus installation called "Desert of Cantareira" by Brazilian artist and activist Mundano...
A drought-related cactus installation called "Desert of Cantareira" by Brazilian artist and activist Mundano is seen at Atibainha dam, part of the Cantareira reservoir, during a drought in Nazare Paulista, Sao Paulo December 2, 2014. Sao Paulo, Brazil's drought-hit megacity of 20 million, has about two months of guaranteed water supply remaining as it taps into the second of three emergency reserves, officials say. REUTERS/Nacho Doce (BRAZIL - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY)
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December 03, 2014
A drought-related cactus installation called "Desert of Cantareira" by Brazilian artist and activist...
NAZARE PAULISTA, Brazil
Drought-related cactus installation called "Desert of Cantareira" by Brazilian artist and activist Mundano...
A drought-related cactus installation called "Desert of Cantareira" by Brazilian artist and activist Mundano is seen at Atibainha dam, part of the Cantareira reservoir, during a drought in Nazare Paulista, Sao Paulo December 2, 2014. Sao Paulo, Brazil's drought-hit megacity of 20 million, has about two months of guaranteed water supply remaining as it taps into the second of three emergency reserves, officials say. REUTERS/Nacho Doce (BRAZIL - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY)
BRAZIL-DROUGHT/
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December 03, 2014
A drought-related cactus installation called "Desert of Cantareira" by Brazilian artist and activist...
NAZARE PAULISTA, Brazil
Drought-related cactus installation called "Desert of Cantareira" by Brazilian artist and activist Mundano...
A drought-related cactus installation called "Desert of Cantareira" by Brazilian artist and activist Mundano is seen at Atibainha dam, part of the Cantareira reservoir, during a drought in Nazare Paulista, Sao Paulo December 2, 2014. Sao Paulo, Brazil's drought-hit megacity of 20 million, has about two months of guaranteed water supply remaining as it taps into the second of three emergency reserves, officials say. REUTERS/Nacho Doce (BRAZIL - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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December 03, 2014
Brazilian artist and activist Mundano places a water tap on a cactus while working on a drought-related...
NAZARE PAULISTA, Brazil
Brazilian artist and activist Mundano places a water tap on a cactus while working on a drought-related...
Brazilian artist and activist Mundano places a water tap on a cactus while working on a drought-related cactus installation called "Desert of Cantareira" at Atibainha dam, part of the Cantareira reservoir, during a drought in Nazare Paulista, Sao Paulo December 2, 2014. Sao Paulo, Brazil's drought-hit megacity of 20 million, has about two months of guaranteed water supply remaining as it taps into the second of three emergency reserves, officials say. REUTERS/Nacho Doce (BRAZIL - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY)
BRAZIL-DROUGHT/
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December 03, 2014
Brazilian artist and activist Mundano spray-paints a water tap while working on a drought-related cactus...
NAZARE PAULISTA, Brazil
Brazilian artist and activist Mundano spray-paints a water tap while working on a drought-related cactus...
Brazilian artist and activist Mundano spray-paints a water tap while working on a drought-related cactus installation called "Desert of Cantareira" at Atibainha dam, part of the Cantareira reservoir, during a drought in Nazare Paulista, Sao Paulo December 2, 2014. Sao Paulo, Brazil's drought-hit megacity of 20 million, has about two months of guaranteed water supply remaining as it taps into the second of three emergency reserves, officials say. REUTERS/Nacho Doce (BRAZIL - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY)
BRAZIL-DROUGHT/
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December 03, 2014
Brazilian artist and activist Mundano places a cactus plant in the cracked ground to work on a drought-related...
NAZARE PAULISTA, Brazil
Brazilian artist and activist Mundano places a cactus plant in the cracked ground to work on a drought-related...
Brazilian artist and activist Mundano places a cactus plant in the cracked ground to work on a drought-related cactus installation called "Desert of Cantareira" at Atibainha dam, part of the Cantareira reservoir, during a drought in Nazare Paulista, Sao Paulo December 2, 2014. Sao Paulo, Brazil's drought-hit megacity of 20 million, has about two months of guaranteed water supply remaining as it taps into the second of three emergency reserves, officials say. REUTERS/Nacho Doce (BRAZIL - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY)
BRAZIL-DROUGHT/
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December 03, 2014
Brazilian artist and activist Mundano carries a cactus plant while working on a drought-related cactus...
NAZARE PAULISTA, Brazil
Brazilian artist and activist Mundano carries a cactus plant while working on a drought-related cactus...
Brazilian artist and activist Mundano carries a cactus plant while working on a drought-related cactus installation called "Desert of Cantareira" at Atibainha dam, part of the Cantareira reservoir, during a drought in Nazare Paulista, Sao Paulo December 2, 2014. Sao Paulo, Brazil's drought-hit megacity of 20 million, has about two months of guaranteed water supply remaining as it taps into the second of three emergency reserves, officials say. REUTERS/Nacho Doce (BRAZIL - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY)
BRAZIL-DROUGHT/
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December 03, 2014
A drought-related cactus installation called "Desert of Cantareira" by Brazilian artist and activist...
NAZARE PAULISTA, Brazil
A drought-related cactus installation called "Desert of Cantareira" by Brazilian artist and activist...
A drought-related cactus installation called "Desert of Cantareira" by Brazilian artist and activist Mundano is seen at Atibainha dam, part of the Cantareira reservoir, during a drought in Nazare Paulista, Sao Paulo December 2, 2014. Sao Paulo, Brazil's drought-hit megacity of 20 million, has about two months of guaranteed water supply remaining as it taps into the second of three emergency reserves, officials say. REUTERS/Nacho Doce (BRAZIL - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
PHOTOGRAPHERS-STORY/POY2014
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November 26, 2014
An aerial view of the Atibainha dam, part of the Cantareira reservoir, during a drought in Nazare Paulista,...
NAZARE PAULISTA, Brazil
RNPS - PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2014 - PHOTOGRAPHERS' STORY
An aerial view of the Atibainha dam, part of the Cantareira reservoir, during a drought in Nazare Paulista, Sao Paulo state in this November 18, 2014 file picture.

Words can't express what it feels like to view a landscape as bleak and disturbing as the one in this photo.

In the four years I've lived in Brazil I've seen many extraordinary and terrifying things, but the current drought surrounding Sao Paulo for the past nine months surpasses all. Without rain, the reservoirs that provide South America's largest city with water are at their lowest level in decades.
The World Cup and recent elections managed to distract the attention of the population away from the looming problem. They also seem to have kept the state's institutions busy with little attention paid to this pending disaster.

As I rode in the helicopter to take this and other aerial photos, it was only after landing and opening the image on a computer that I noticed the real message that of a woman in panic as in Edvard Munch's painting "The Scream." For me, this is Mother Nature screaming for help.
- Nacho Doce REUTERS/Nacho Doce (BRAZIL - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

ATTENTION EDITORS: THIS PICTURE IS PART OF THE PACKAGE 'PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2014 - THE PHOTOGRAPHERS' STORY'. SEARCH 'PHOTOGRAPHERS' STORY' FOR ALL IMAGES'
BRAZIL-DROUGHT/
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November 19, 2014
Trucks drive along a bridge over the dry lakebed of the Atibainha dam, part of the Cantareira reservoir,...
NAZARE PAULISTA, Brazil
Trucks drive along a bridge over the dry lakebed of the Atibainha dam, part of the Cantareira reservoir,...
Trucks drive along a bridge over the dry lakebed of the Atibainha dam, part of the Cantareira reservoir, during a drought in Nazare Paulista, Sao Paulo state November 18, 2014. Brazil's worst drought in 80 years has left the Cantareira system, that provides greater Sao Paulo with most of its water, with the lowest water level on record, with daily rationing becoming common in the region's smaller cities, according to the state authorities and the two main reservoirs serving metropolitan Sao Paulo, South America's largest city, could dry out by February if relief does not arrive in the upcoming rainy season. REUTERS/Nacho Doce (BRAZIL - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT TRANSPORT)
BRAZIL-DROUGHT/
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November 19, 2014
An aerial view of a car on the cracked ground of Atibainha dam, part of the Cantareira reservoir, during...
NAZARE PAULISTA, Brazil
Aerial view of a car on the cracked ground of Atibainha dam, part of the Cantareira reservoir, during...
An aerial view of a car on the cracked ground of Atibainha dam, part of the Cantareira reservoir, during a drought in Nazare Paulista, Sao Paulo state November 18, 2014. Brazil's worst drought in 80 years has left the Cantareira system, that provides greater Sao Paulo with most of its water, with the lowest water level on record, with daily rationing becoming common in the region's smaller cities, according to the state authorities and the two main reservoirs serving metropolitan Sao Paulo, South America's largest city, could dry out by February if relief does not arrive in the upcoming rainy season. REUTERS/Nacho Doce (BRAZIL - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT)
BRAZIL-DROUGHT/
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November 19, 2014
An aerial view of the Atibainha dam, part of the Cantareira reservoir, during a drought in Nazare Paulista,...
NAZARE PAULISTA, Brazil
Aerial view of the Atibainha dam, part of the Cantareira reservoir, during a drought in Braganca Paulista,...
An aerial view of the Atibainha dam, part of the Cantareira reservoir, during a drought in Nazare Paulista, Sao Paulo state November 18, 2014. Brazil's worst drought in 80 years has left the Cantareira system, that provides greater Sao Paulo with most of its water, with the lowest water level on record, with daily rationing becoming common in the region's smaller cities, according to the state authorities and the two main reservoirs serving metropolitan Sao Paulo, South America's largest city, could dry out by February if relief does not arrive in the upcoming rainy season. REUTERS/Nacho Doce (BRAZIL - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
BRAZIL-DROUGHT/
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November 19, 2014
An aerial view of the Atibainha dam, part of the Cantareira reservoir, during a drought in Nazare Paulista,...
NAZARE PAULISTA, Brazil
Aerial view of the Atibainha dam, part of the Cantareira reservoir, during a drought in Braganca Paulista,...
An aerial view of the Atibainha dam, part of the Cantareira reservoir, during a drought in Nazare Paulista, Sao Paulo state November 18, 2014. Brazil's worst drought in 80 years has left the Cantareira system, that provides greater Sao Paulo with most of its water, with the lowest water level on record, with daily rationing becoming common in the region's smaller cities, according to the state authorities and the two main reservoirs serving metropolitan Sao Paulo, South America's largest city, could dry out by February if relief does not arrive in the upcoming rainy season. REUTERS/Nacho Doce (BRAZIL - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT)
BRAZIL-DROUGHT/
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November 19, 2014
An aerial view of the Atibainha dam, part of the Cantareira reservoir, during a drought in Nazare Paulista,...
NAZARE PAULISTA, Brazil
Aerial view of the Atibainha dam, part of the Cantareira reservoir, during a drought in Braganca Paulista,...
An aerial view of the Atibainha dam, part of the Cantareira reservoir, during a drought in Nazare Paulista, Sao Paulo state November 18, 2014. Brazil's worst drought in 80 years has left the Cantareira system, that provides greater Sao Paulo with most of its water, with the lowest water level on record, with daily rationing becoming common in the region's smaller cities, according to the state authorities and the two main reservoirs serving metropolitan Sao Paulo, South America's largest city, could dry out by February if relief does not arrive in the upcoming rainy season. REUTERS/Nacho Doce (BRAZIL - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT)
BRAZIL-DROUGHT/
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November 19, 2014
An aerial view of the Atibainha dam, part of the Cantareira reservoir, during a drought in Nazare Paulista,...
NAZARE PAULISTA, Brazil
Aerial view of the Atibainha dam, part of the Cantareira reservoir, during a drought in Braganca Paulista,...
An aerial view of the Atibainha dam, part of the Cantareira reservoir, during a drought in Nazare Paulista, Sao Paulo state November 18, 2014. Brazil's worst drought in 80 years has left the Cantareira system, that provides greater Sao Paulo with most of its water, with the lowest water level on record, with daily rationing becoming common in the region's smaller cities, according to the state authorities and the two main reservoirs serving metropolitan Sao Paulo, South America's largest city, could dry out by February if relief does not arrive in the upcoming rainy season. REUTERS/Nacho Doce (BRAZIL - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT)
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November 19, 2014
An aerial view of the Atibainha dam, part of the Cantareira reservoir, during a drought in Nazare Paulista,...
NAZARE PAULISTA, Brazil
Aerial view of the Atibainha dam, part of the Cantareira reservoir, during a drought in Braganca Paulista,...
An aerial view of the Atibainha dam, part of the Cantareira reservoir, during a drought in Nazare Paulista, Sao Paulo state November 18, 2014. Brazil's worst drought in 80 years has left the Cantareira system, that provides greater Sao Paulo with most of its water, with the lowest water level on record, with daily rationing becoming common in the region's smaller cities, according to the state authorities and the two main reservoirs serving metropolitan Sao Paulo, South America's largest city, could dry out by February if relief does not arrive in the upcoming rainy season. REUTERS/Nacho Doce (BRAZIL - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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October 31, 2014
A man tries walks between two trunks towards the cracked ground of the Atibainha dam as it dries up due...
NAZARE PAULISTA, Brazil
Man tries walks between two trunks towards the cracked ground of the Atibainha dam as it dries up due...
A man tries walks between two trunks towards the cracked ground of the Atibainha dam as it dries up due to a prolonged drought in Nazare Paulista, Sao Paulo state, October 17, 2014. After a grueling election campaign in which officials faced fierce criticism for downplaying the effects of a year-long drought, Brazil's most populous state is finally coming to terms with an uncomfortable reality: it is running out of water. Sao Paulo state accounts for a third of Brazil's economy and 40 percent of its industrial production, and the water crisis is already crimping factory and farm output as well as the service sector in a stagnant economy. Hit by Brazil's worst drought in 80 years, the two main reservoirs serving metropolitan Sao Paulo, South America's largest city, could dry out by February if relief does not arrive in the upcoming rainy season. Picture taken October 17, 2014. REUTERS/Nacho Doce (BRAZIL - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT CIVIL UNREST BUSINESS)
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October 31, 2014
A horse grazes next to the cracked ground of the Atibainha dam as it dries up due to a prolonged drought...
NAZARE PAULISTA, Brazil
Horse grazes next to the cracked ground of the Atibainha dam as it dries up due to a prolonged drought...
A horse grazes next to the cracked ground of the Atibainha dam as it dries up due to a prolonged drought in Nazare Paulista, Sao Paulo state, October 17, 2014. After a grueling election campaign in which officials faced fierce criticism for downplaying the effects of a year-long drought, Brazil's most populous state is finally coming to terms with an uncomfortable reality: it is running out of water. Sao Paulo state accounts for a third of Brazil's economy and 40 percent of its industrial production, and the water crisis is already crimping factory and farm output as well as the service sector in a stagnant economy. Hit by Brazil's worst drought in 80 years, the two main reservoirs serving metropolitan Sao Paulo, South America's largest city, could dry out by February if relief does not arrive in the upcoming rainy season. Picture taken October 17, 2014. REUTERS/Nacho Doce (BRAZIL - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT CIVIL UNREST ANIMALS BUSINESS)
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October 19, 2014
A vehicle drives along state highway SP-065 over the dry lakebed of the Atibainha dam, part of the Cantareira...
NAZARE PAULISTA, Brazil
A vehicle drives along state highway SP-065 over the dry lakebed of the Atibainha dam
A vehicle drives along state highway SP-065 over the dry lakebed of the Atibainha dam, part of the Cantareira water system that provides most of the potable water to Greater Sao Paulo, in Nazare Paulista October 18, 2014. The worst drought in 80 years has left the Cantareira system with the lowest water level on record, with daily rationing becoming common in the region's smaller cities, and is threatening the supply to Sao Paulo as well, according to the state authorities. Picture taken October 18, 2014. REUTERS/Roosevelt Cassio (BRAZIL - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT)
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October 19, 2014
A vehicle drives along state highway SP-065 over the dry lakebed of the Atibainha dam, part of the Cantareira...
NAZARE PAULISTA, Brazil
A vehicle drives along state highway SP-065 over the dry lakebed of the Atibainha dam
A vehicle drives along state highway SP-065 over the dry lakebed of the Atibainha dam, part of the Cantareira water system that provides most of the potable water to Greater Sao Paulo, in Nazare Paulista October 18, 2014. The worst drought in 80 years has left the Cantareira system with the lowest water level on record, with daily rationing becoming common in the region's smaller cities, and is threatening the supply to Sao Paulo as well, according to the state authorities. Picture taken October 18, 2014. REUTERS/Roosevelt Cassio (BRAZIL - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT)
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September 25, 2014
A view of the nearly dry lake behind the Nazare Paulista dam, part of the Cantareira water system that...
NAZARE PAULISTA, Brazil
A view of the nearly dry lake behind the Nazare Paulista dam
A view of the nearly dry lake behind the Nazare Paulista dam, part of the Cantareira water system that provides greater Sao Paulo with most of its water, in Nazare Paulista September 25, 2014. The worst drought in 80 years has left the Cantareira system with the lowest water level on record, with daily rationing becoming common in the region's smaller cities, according to the state authorities. REUTERS/Roosevelt Cassio (BRAZIL - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT POLITICS)
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September 25, 2014
A boat sits on the nearly dry lake bed behind the Nazare Paulista dam, part of the Cantareira water system...
NAZARE PAULISTA, Brazil
A boat sits on the nearly dry lake bed behind the Nazare Paulista dam
A boat sits on the nearly dry lake bed behind the Nazare Paulista dam, part of the Cantareira water system that provides greater Sao Paulo with most of its water, in Nazare Paulista September 25, 2014. The worst drought in 80 years has left the Cantareira system with the lowest water level on record, with daily rationing becoming common in the region's smaller cities, according to the state authorities. REUTERS/Roosevelt Cassio (BRAZIL - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT POLITICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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September 25, 2014
A boat sits on the nearly dry lake bed behind the Nazare Paulista dam, part of the Cantareira water system...
NAZARE PAULISTA, Brazil
A boat sits on the nearly dry lake bed behind the Nazare Paulista dam
A boat sits on the nearly dry lake bed behind the Nazare Paulista dam, part of the Cantareira water system that provides greater Sao Paulo with most of its water, in Nazare Paulista September 25, 2014. The worst drought in 80 years has left the Cantareira system with the lowest water level on record, with daily rationing becoming common in the region's smaller cities, according to the state authorities. REUTERS/Roosevelt Cassio (BRAZIL - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT POLITICS)
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September 25, 2014
A view of the nearly dry lake behind the Nazare Paulista dam, part of the Cantareira water system that...
NAZARE PAULISTA, Brazil
A view of the nearly dry lake behind the Nazare Paulista dam
A view of the nearly dry lake behind the Nazare Paulista dam, part of the Cantareira water system that provides greater Sao Paulo with most of its water, in Nazare Paulista September 25, 2014. The worst drought in 80 years has left the Cantareira system with the lowest water level on record, with daily rationing becoming common in the region's smaller cities, according to the state authorities. REUTERS/Roosevelt Cassio (BRAZIL - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT POLITICS)
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