Drought Triggers Conflict in Northeastern Brazil

RIO DE JANEIRO

Severe drought gripping north-eastern Brazil - the worst in a half-century - is taking its toll on more than 1100 towns, even triggering fighting in rural areas. An average of one person a day is being killed in ''water wars'' in rural areas, while scores of animals are wasting away before perishing, the O Globo newspaper reported over the weekend.

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