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Extreme weather puts Brazil on alert in 2022

Intense floods in Bahia have caused deaths and displacements, while other parts of the country face severe droughts. Such extreme weather patterns are rapidly becoming the norm in Brazil

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Cities in Bahia had to deal with floods at the turn of the year. Photo: Joa Souza/Shutterstock

It has taken less than a week for extreme weather to leave its mark on Brazil this year. Some regions of the country are wrestling with massive rainfall and floods, while others have placed themselves under a state of emergency due to harsh drought conditions. 

If it seems as if extreme weather in Brazil is becoming more common, it’s because it is. A World Meteorological Organization (WMO) report from 2021 shows that Brazil has endured an average of four extreme events per year since 1970. And while the country tallied 711 such occurrences in the 1970s, the number jumped...

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