In the second half of 2014 the State of São Paulo faced one of the biggest droughts in its history. The Cantareira Water Supply System, composed of 6 large dams, is responsible for supplying several cities in the State, including the capital São Paulo, which had water rationing established in all districts. The crisis is a consequence of political mismanagement of water resources and it was worsened by the lack of rainfall during that period. Images produced during overflights in this period in the Cantareira System show the drama of the drought.


SAO PAULO, BRASIL, 17 OCTOBER 2014: A dry river on aerial view of Atibainha dam in the city of Bragança Paulista, located in São Paulo, Brazil. The drought affecting the state of São Paulo is the largest in history and the supply reservoirs are with low levels of 6% of its total capacity.

In the extreme north of the country is the largest forest in the world, the Amazon Forest, responsible for 20% of the planet's fresh water. It is in danger with the construction of numerous hydroelectric power plants. The government's project, criticized by environmentalists because puts in jeopardy the entire life and survival system of the riverside and indigenous communities that live near the largest rivers in the Amazon Forest, aims to build 23 hydroelectric power plants in the region. The following photos depict the region of Foz do Rio Amazonas that has the largest area in mangrove extension in the world.

The following images are pages from the special issue of National Geographic Brasil on the Water Crisis in Brazil.

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