Brazil unveils fresh aid for Amazon drought

Oct 22, 2010
A kid plays with a paddle on the dried bed of the Negro river, 120 km from Manaus, in northern Brazil. Brazil's government announced new aid of 13.5 million dollars for northern regions hit by the worst drought in decades which has stymied navigation on the Amazon River and tributaries.

Brazil's government announced new aid of 13.5 million dollars for northern regions hit by the worst drought in decades which has stymied navigation on the Amazon River and tributaries.

The funds will help for food delivery, water purification and pumping in Amazonas state, where some communities have been cut off by the drop in river levels.

The Brazilian air force has already distributed 500 tonnes of food and supplies to some areas which are normally dependent on water transport.

Officials said the level of the at Manaus, the regional capital, is near its lowest level since 1963.

Scientists say it appears is headed for its worst since that year. Final data to be collected up to October were expected to confirm that.

The withering of the Amazon has produced unusual scenes of children playing football in the dried-up riverbed of a tributary, the Quarenta, that crosses Manaus.

Remote towns upstream that rely on water traffic as their main link to civilization have been cut off as their own tributary has all but disappeared.

The rainy season in the area normally begins in November.

Explore further: Environmentalists and industry duke it out over plastic bags

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Italy worried about summer drought

May 05, 2007

A state of emergency has been issued in central and northern Italy as the country braces for the possibility of a drought.

Recommended for you

Crowdsourcing could lead to better water in rural India

11 minutes ago

With more than 10 million service points, India's rural drinking water system provides a real monitoring headache for public health officials. To help address the challenge, a three-continent research consortium ...

Far more displaced by disasters than conflict

12 hours ago

Disasters last year displaced three times more people than violent conflicts, showing the urgent need to improve resilience for vulnerable people when fighting climate change, according to a study issued ...

Coral growth rate plummets in 30-year comparison

19 hours ago

A team of researchers working on a Carnegie expedition in Australia's Great Barrier Reef has documented that coral growth rates have plummeted 40% since the mid-1970s. The scientists suggest that ocean acidification ...

User comments : 0