Friday, September 3, 2010

Amazon River Lowest in 40 Years

The Amazon River, the second-longest river in the world (after the Nile), is at its lowest point in 40 years, beating the previous record set just five years ago. Six cargo boats have been grounded near the Peruvian city, Iquitos. Smaller boats capable of navigating the exposed mudbanks have been forced to bring in food and supplies. Many cities, such as Iquitos, have no inland roads and depend on the Amazon as their transportation route.

The river's low level is due to a severe drought that is not expected to lift until the rainy season starts next month.

© C Harris Lynn, 2010

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