Meanwhile, the Farming Ministry has put together sets for farmers, especially those whose who breed cattle, camelids or sheep and who are deemed the most vulnerable to the effects of the weather.
The Brazilian economy, which is primarily a commodity-based one, has always been very dependent on its export revenues which have primarily come from its production of soybeans and, more recently, oil.
As a consequence, as China, which is Brazil’s biggest trade partner, has seen a reduction in its need for imports, Brazil has suffered disproportionately, seeing a substantial amount of its GDP just evaporate into thin air.
In addition, on the legislative side, the Brazilian President, Dilma Rousseff is fighting to convince legislators as well as the general public that austerity countermeasures are needed to deal with the rapidly-falling public revenues, so that the increasingly large deficit void in the public accounts, which currently stands at $12.5bn, and the rising cost of living, currently over 9% annually, can be remain manageable.
Unfortunately, the austerity plan is highly unpopular with the Brazilian Congress, members of which are trying to water it down as much as possible and with detrimental consequences.
Winter hits hard in Southern Peru A dozen young children under the age of 5 have passed away in southeastern Peruvian city of Puno, and another eight youngsters in Cusco, due to infections of the respiratory tract, that have been blamed on recent icy-cold weather.
The Puno local health department said that the deceased children were reported at various locations throughout the city which is located at almost 4,000 above sea level.
In Cusco, 29 adults, mostly elderly individuals, also succumbed to the weather.
Freezing weather has hit the region recently with temperatures going as low as -20 º Celsius in some locations.
The local health department treated over 40,000 children, most of whom had severe bronchial infections and pneumonia.