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Amazon drought: Stranded boats and dead fish


A severe drought in the Brazilian Amazon is disrupting transport, isolating communities and killing wildlife.


The Brazilian government attributes the drought to climate change and the El Niño weather phenomenon, which has caused the volume of rainfall in the northern Amazon to fall below the historical average and river levels to drop to near record levels.


The low water levels pose a threat to the estimated 30 million people that call the Amazon basin home.

A state of emergency has been declared in Manaus and more than 20 other cities.


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Many rivers have dried up, leaving tens of thousands of people stranded in remote jungle villages.

Entire villages that depend on the rivers for a sustainable livelihood and transportation are now struggling to go about daily life and have to receive food, medicine and water by air.


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