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NASA images show South America facing extreme drought

By January's end, 38% of the continent faced critically low surface soil moisture, while wildfires surged in Venezuela and Bolivia.

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South America facing extreme drought

South American nations grapple with severe drought and escalating wildfires as scorching temperatures and diminished rainfall devastate the continent.

NASA data reveals that two-thirds of South America experiences unusually dry soil conditions, intensifying due to global warming and the El Niño phenomenon.

South America facing extreme drought

In 2023, a record-breaking global temperature surge exacerbated by Southern Hemisphere heat during winter and spring raised temperatures by up to 20°C.

By January’s end, 38% of the continent faced critically low surface soil moisture, while wildfires surged in Venezuela and Bolivia.

In Bogotá’s capital, the air quality became so bad because of fires in the city’s eastern hills that residents were advised to stay home.

Colombia declared a national disaster, combating over 550 fires that consumed 38,000 hectares over the past three months.

Argentina grapples with a Patagonian blaze, and Chile reports at least 19 deaths from forest fires in Valparaiso.

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