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BRAZIL-DROUGHT/
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February 17, 2017
Brazil's arid northeast is weathering its worst drought on record and Campina Grande, which has 400,000...
POCINHOS, Brazil
The Wider Image: Brazil's race to save drought-hit city
Brazil's arid northeast is weathering its worst drought on record and Campina Grande, which has 400,000 residents that depend on the reservoir, is running out of water. After two years of rationing, residents complain that water from the reservoir is dirty, smelly and undrinkable. Those who can afford to do so buy bottled water to cook, wash their teeth with, and even to give their pets. The reservoir is down to 4 percent of capacity and rainfall is expected to be sparse this year. "If it does not fill up, the city's water system will collapse by mid-year," says Janiro Costa Rego, an expert on water resources and hydraulics professor at Campina Grande's federal university. "It would be a holocaust. You would have to evacuate the city." REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino SEARCH "BRAZIL DROUGHT" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY. Matching text: BRAZIL-DROUGHT/
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