Severe Flood Hits Brazil’s Amazon Rainforest Region
Rio de Janeiro, May 17 (Xinhua-RHC) -- The Negro River in Brazil’s Amazonas state, in the Amazon Rainforest region, is suffering the worst flooding ever registered in the area, according to local authorities.
Brazil’s Geological Service said the level of the Negro River reached 29.78 meters on Tuesday, the highest in a century. The service also foresees that the water level will keep rising and remain above 29 meters for more than two months.
The flood has prompted 53 out of the 62 municipalities in Amazonas state, including state capital Manaus, to declare a state of emergency, and has affected about 75,000 families.