Heavy Rain Floods Sao Paulo Again but Drought Persists


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Heavy rain on 20 March 2015 brought flooding to the streets of São Paulo, Brazil. Some areas were under 50cm of water. The rainfall lasted a few hours in an almost identical repeat of the heavy rain and flash floods that struck the city a month ago on 25 February 2015.

Floods in São Paulo, 20 March 2015. Photo: Fernanda Carvalho/Fotos Públicas
Floods in São Paulo, 20 March 2015. Photo: Fernanda Carvalho/Fotos Públicas

The floods caused minor damage and disrupted trains and traffic in the city. However, the flood water soon receded, unlike the situation endured by the populations of the Brazilian states of Acre and Amazonas earlier this month.

Floods in São Paulo, 20 March 2015. Photo: Fernanda Carvalho/Fotos Públicas
Floods in São Paulo, 20 March 2015. Photo: Fernanda Carvalho/Fotos Públicas

Drought Conditions Remain

Despite the heavy rainfall, the drought situation remains for the south-east of the country, according to of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ). Local observers say the drought is the worst in the region in 80 years.

Floods in São Paulo, 20 March 2015. Photo: Fernanda Carvalho/Fotos Públicas
Floods in São Paulo, 20 March 2015. Photo: Fernanda Carvalho/Fotos Públicas