I came across this information this afternoon, and thought I would share it with everyone. Here are some of the impacts of the 2015-2016 El Nino's impact on some parts of Brazil and Columbia.
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"Brazil is undergoing its most severe drought in 35 years and heavily populated regions, particularly the country's southeast, depend on local reservoirs and aquifers which are not being replenished due to the drought. (Thomson Reuters Foundation, 30 Oct 2015) In October, 13,440 forest fires were registered in the state of Amazonas and authorities declared a 90-day state of emergency for 12 cities. (OCHA, 2 Nov 2015) Severe dry weather, associated to the El Niño phenomena, in major producing states such as Parana and parts of Sao Paulo and Mato Grosso have reportedly delayed maize planting operations and reduced the area planted. (FAO, 30 Dec 2015)
In Colombia, El Niño weather phenomenon is predicted to decrease rains by more than 60% during the rainy season of Oct-Nov-Dec. (Gov't, 5 Oct 2015) The drought is already worrying farmers in the Colombian Andes (AFP, 5 Nov 2015). On 30 Dec, the Colombian President declared the red alert for low levels in the Magdalena and Cauca rivers in 23 provinces. (Reuters, 30 Dec 2015) Early January 2016, 124 municipalities were affected by drought in the country. (Gov't of Colombia, 6 Jan 2016) Early April, a public emergency due to drought was declared in Córdoba and Cesar departments. (PAHO, 8 Apr 2016)".