Parts of the Amazon region in Brazil, particularly in Amazonas state are suffering from a significant drought:
Brazil has adopted emergency measures to deal with one of the Amazon region's worst droughts in decades.
A state of emergency has been declared in 25 towns as key waterways and rivers are left completely parched, the Amazonas state government said on Saturday.
So far, the severe months-long drought has affected 40,000 people in communities who depend on the South American rainforest for sustenance.
As the article notes, for this region, the consequences are beyond the typical. Most of the Amazon is dependent on navigable waterways to supply essentials and the drought is impacting this as well. Despite the claim by one expert in the article that it's a result of El Nino, I cannot help but believe that deforestation is playing a role here, as it was believed to have played a role in a drought there in 2005; a drought that at the time was the worst in a century.
The other possible impact is on energy. I have railed time and time again against the Brazilian government's love affair with hydroelectric power. A major drought there caused numerous power outages in 2001, and while this drought is not in that same region, there are plans for developing hydroelectric dams in the Amazon region. Apparently no one is remembering the past and is eager to repeat the same mistakes.