Note the photograph: the shadow of an emaciated, dehydrated dinosaur crosses the dry Tiete river bed.

R7 Noticias,
20 August, 2015

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There has been silence for the last couple of months on the drought in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The aquifers are drained and the weather systems have been disrupted, only chaos beckons.

Comments on Facebook from a local:

“Yesterday our incompetent and irresponsible govrnor officially admited that we have a water crisis and it´s a serious one...Only yesterday he admited that!!...I think Sao Paulo might be the first huge city in the world to collapse due to lack of water, and if it isn´t this year it will probably be next year...we have olympic games in Rio scheduled for August, right on the dry season (Rio is really short on wate as well and many people will come to Sao Paulo as well), so maybe maybe we´ll have a major crisis happening right where everybody is looking...that might wake some people up!.”

More than a year and a half after the beginning of the crisis, the government of Geraldo Alckmin (PSDB) has published this Tuesday (19), the ordinance in which officially recognized, for the first time, that the water situation in the Great São Paulo is critical. The measure allows the State to suspend the licenses of attracting private surface water and groundwater to prioritize the public water supply in the region where they live more than 20 million people.

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