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Amazon crisis - make or break issue in Brazil?

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One issue which has not so far been addressed by either of Brazil’s two presidential candidates is the environmental crisis in the Amazon basin.

A continuing drought has reduced water levels in the Black River to record lows and is threatening the livelihoods of thousands of fishing communities in the region.

At least 38 areas have declared a state of emergency due to the drought which is affecting cattle, agriculture and trade.

Brazil’s Green party has refused to sanction either presidential candidate until the crisis becomes a campaign priority.