The water level in the Rio Negro River in the Amazon region of Brazil has risen to an unprecedented level after heavy rains there. It is its highest level since records began in 1902.
More than 24,000 families in Manaus have been affected by the floods.
The Rio Negro flows into the Amazon near Manaus. The river is subject to severe fluctuations in the rainy seasons and dry seasons.
The river’s lowest level was in 2010, when it fell to a level of 13.63 metres.
Recently, the entire Brazilian state of the Amazon was hit by severe flooding and a state of emergency was declared in 48 of its 62 cities.
Floods destroyed large portions of crops in rural communities. However, severe drought resolved in other parts of Brazil.
The low water level in dam reservoirs in these areas may cause a shortage and problems in energy sources.