To compound the misery of the coronavirus pandemic, Latin America was also battered by climate disasters throughout 2020. In Central America, the worst hurricane season on record caused hundreds of deaths and billions of dollars in damage. Weather conditions and human interference saw 27 percent of Brazil’s massive Pantanal wetlands destroyed by flames, while Paraguay endured its worst drought in half a century.
And the climate chaos shows no signs of letting up in 2021. At the end of January, the Chilean capital of Santiago recorded the highest rainfall in a single day for 88 years, causing damage across the city.