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Joel Silva, Folhapress

It’s an eerie photo, bringing to mind the Flood and Noah’s Ark. Only this time, the vessel isn’t floating on the water, but is being revealed by the water’s disappearance due to drought.

Severe drought is devastating much of Brazil, and a major crisis is looming in the nation which is enduring its most serious drought in decades.

At the Itaparica Reservoir, the water level is only at 15% of capacity, and the water has dropped so low that the great church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus has now been eerily resurrected.

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Joel Silva, Folhapress

The church, and the city of Pernambuco Pertrolândia, had been drowned by the construction of the reservoir in 1989. The town and its church were entirely submerged. Until now.

Joel Silva, Folhapress
Joel Silva, Folhapress
Joel Silva, Folhapress
Joel Silva, Folhapress
Joel Silva, Folhapress
Joel Silva, Folhapress

Enchanting as this vision may be, behind it lies the threat of a major, life-threatening crisis throughout Brazil as reservoirs continue to dry and deforestation of the Amazon continues to affect the amount of rainfall in a country that supplies 12% of the world’s fresh water.

Very little water is available, and much of the water that flows through Sao Paulo’s pipes is unfit for human consumption.

As the Sacred Heart of Jesus church rises, perhaps we should say some prayers for heavenly intervention.