EFEBy Carlos Meneses Sao Paulo

Still far from overcoming the coronavirus health crisis, Brazil is facing the worst drought in decades, a phenomenon that is becoming ever more frequent under the influence of deforestation in the Amazon, among other factors, and which is endangering the country's electrical grid, which is based mostly on hydroelectricity.

The rainfall deficit is "critical" and will be aggravated in the coming months in Brazil during the Southern Hemisphere winter, the period of the year with the least rainfall, as government entities and sector experts consulted by EFE are warning.

The drought is concentrated in the southeastern and west-central regions of the country, where 70 percent of the hydroelectric power consumed in Brazil is generated.

The high temperatures and the scarcity of rainfall - the lowest precipitation figures in 90 years, according to official measurements - have aroused old fears about the possibility of electric power rationing, something that has been ruled out by the national government.