As Brazil's Largest City Struggles With Drought, Residents Are Leaving

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    As Brazil's Largest City Struggles With Drought, Residents Are Leaving

    It happened slowly at first. The reservoir's water level dropped, so the resort extended the boat launch ramp.

    Then they had to add another extension.

    Eventually, the water dropped so much that business dried up — along with the lake...

    Francisco Carlos Fonseca is the manager of Marina Confiança, a resort located on the banks of the Cantareira reservoir system. Behind him is a boat ramp that once led to a lake that he says used to be more than 100 feet deep...

    The resort is located on what were once the banks of one of Sao Paulo's most important reservoir system, called Cantareira. A drought has been devastating the region for the past two years. Unless there is more rain, some water conservation groups estimate there is only enough water to last about five months...

    A Historic Drought Grips Brazil's Economic Capital

    Walking around the resort, Fonseca says that until a year ago, this place was a weekend getaway paradise, packed with vacationers. Today the hotel, with its attached bungalows and party spaces, is a ghost town.

    It's a symbol of the economic cost of the drought here... [rm]http://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2015/11/22/455751848/as-brazils-largest-city-struggles-with-drought-residents-are-leaving?utm_campaign=storyshare&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social[/rm]
     

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