It's official: Brazil is facing drought.
Earlier this month, the government issued a hydric emergency alert (AEH) for five of the twenty-seven federative units. It's the first in over a century – more precisely, 111 years – which tells something about the seriousness of the situation.
The AEH will last from June through September when the rain season supposedly begins. It doesn't sound like a big deal for a tropical country the size of a country with traditionally voluminous hydric resources.
However, the level of threat is now deemed "critical" by some agencies and institutes. Only a week ago, it was severe. Also, these states are some of the most industrialized in the country. A significant part of food production happens in these states.
Sometimes it feels like SHTF from all sides
Brazil's drought and its impacts have a few differences to the one going on in the U.S. right now. Although consequences could be related and even interconnect at some point in the near future.