Sabtu, 15 Mei 2021

Brazilians float on flooded streets as rivers swell in Amazonas - ABC News

The rivers have been swelling for weeks in Brazil's Amazon region, and residents in a town that bills itself as 'The Venice of Amazonas' traded motorcycles for canoes, clambering atop fresh-laid planks inside their homes to stay dry.

Anama, home to 14,000 people on a tributary of the Solimoes River that flows toward capital Manaus, is just one municipality of dozens in Amazonas state that has seen life upended by unusual rainfall.

Amazonas's civil defence secretariat on Thursday warned the flood could soon be biggest recorded in the last century, and said 350,000 people have already been affected.

Two dogs stand out on a porch as floodwaters rise outside the house.
Floodwaters have entered houses in Brazil's Amazonas state.(

AP: Edmar Barros


As the river continues rising, the sound of power saws in Anama is constant as residents cut boards and beams to build rudimentary scaffolding within their homes. It's a race to stay above the water's surface. Motorcycles are stored atop the wood, too.

Men nail up wooden planks as a raised floor as floodwater rises in their home
Residents put up wooden beams that function as a raised floor to keep their belongings away from floodwater.(

AP: Edmar Barros


Her knee problems mean she keeps her eyes focused on her steps while balancing atop the wood and moving slowly through her home.

Raimundo Sampaio Sobreira, 63, said his floor is now so high that he's begun hitting his head on the ceiling.

A man sits in his home window during flooding in Brazil
A resident crouches on a raised floor set up inside a home.(

AP: Edmar Barros


Twenty of Amazonas' municipalities are in a situation of emergency, and 22 have rivers spilling over their banks, according to the secretariat's statement on Thursday. The latter group includes capital Manaus, where people have built makeshift bridges.

Residents wade through flooded streets, alongside other residents in boats.
Twenty of Amazonas's municipalities are in emergency situations due to the unusual rainfall.(

AP: Edmar Barros


The Negro River, which flows past Manaus to meet the Solimoes River, could reach its highest-ever level within days, the state's government said this week.

Increased precipitation is associated with the La NiƱa phenomenon, by which cooler-than-normal sea-surface temperatures in the central and eastern tropical Pacific Ocean impact global weather patterns.


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