Little water in the Amazon River – level 3

23-10-2023 15:00

The Amazon River, located in the heart of the Brazilian rainforest, has reached its lowest level in over a century due to a severe drought, impacting the lives of hundreds of thousands of people and the local ecosystem.

Rapidly drying tributaries have left boats stranded, isolating remote villages and leading to food and water shortages. High water temperatures have also resulted in the deaths of over 100 endangered river dolphins. The city of Manaus, the most populous in the region, recorded a water level of 13.59 meters, significantly lower than the 17.60 meters recorded the previous year, marking the lowest level since record-keeping began in 1902.

The drought, attributed to the El Nino climate phenomenon, is expected to persist until at least December. As of Monday, it has affected 481,000 people in the state of Amazonas.

Difficult words: tributary (a river or stream that flows into a larger or lake), attribute (to regard something as being caused by), persist (to continue to exist or be prolonged).

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What measures are being taken to address the severe drought and its impacts on the Amazon River and the people who rely on it?


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