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Thousands left homeless in Brazil as climate crisis worsens

Thousands left homeless in Brazil as climate crisis worsens

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Natalia Witulska,
08.05.2024 16:30

The impact of the climate crisis is becoming increasingly evident. April 2024 was the hottest April on record. Annual wildfires in Canada, Australia and the United States are now commonplace. Floods in France, Spain and Portugal no longer come as a surprise. Brazil is also experiencing the effects of climate change.

Climate change is a global phenomenon that is evident all over the world. It is quite baffling that some people do not believe in the changes despite the overwhelming evidence from news outlets, social media, and the visible changes around us. For instance, the winters are no longer as harsh as they used to be, and frost no longer lasts for weeks on end. On the other hand, people in countries like Greece and Spain struggle with extremely high temperatures, making it difficult for them to carry out their day-to-day activities.

The impact of the climate crisis is not limited to Europe alone. Countries like Australia, Canada, and America grapple with devastating wildfires every year that ravage entire ecosystems. Consequently, animals that live in these forests are unable to survive. In April 2024, Dubai experienced an unusual rainstorm, which shocked its residents as it hardly ever rains in the region. South America is also not spared, as Brazilians are currently facing the consequences of climate change.

Floods in Brazil

Brazil is currently in the grip of an unprecedented climatic catastrophe. Relentless heavy rainfall has persisted for weeks, leading to widespread devastation and displacement of citizens. President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has described the situation in the southern region as an 'ongoing unimaginable climatic tragedy'. Thousands have lost their homes, and entire cities are now submerged. The water level is so high that street lamps are no longer visible, painting a grim picture of the severity of the crisis. The affected population is struggling to survive, doing everything they can to protect themselves and their loved ones.

According to President Lula da Silva, over 200,000 people have been forced to evacuate due to heavy rains causing the flooding of two major rivers in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, near the borders of Argentina and Uruguay. The president has engaged the military to assist with rescue and relief efforts.

The weather in South America is influenced by the natural phenomenon known as El Niño, which periodically heats up surface waters in the equatorial Pacific region. While Brazilians were expecting rainfall, they did not anticipate the severity and danger of the heavy rains.

Source: radiozet.pl

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