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In The Midst Of Its Worst Drought In 50 Years, Brazil Hit By Deadly Flooding
In The Midst Of Its Worst Drought In 50 Years, Brazil Hit By Deadly Flooding | ThinkProgressFlooding in northeastern Brazil has killed 11 and destroyed about 70 houses, according to Brazilian authorities.
About 4.7 inches of rain fell in a few hours in Brazil this week, the equivalent of two months of rainfall in the region. The flooding was worsened by the fact that northeastern Brazil has been in the grips of its worst drought in at least 50 years, making the dry, hard-packed ground unable to absorb much of the deluge. Its a scenario thats likely to become more common as the climate warms scientists have long predicted that the likeliness of drought as well extreme precipitation will increase along with climate change.