Brazil Floods – 1000s Affected as Solimões River Close to Record Levels in Amazonas

Floods in the state of Amazonas, northern Brazil, have affected 100,610 people ( 22,116 families) since February 2015. Meanwhile, levels of the Solimões River continue to rise, and now stand close to record levels.

Solimões River Close to Record Levels

In Tabatinga, levels of the Solimões River reached 13.52 metres on Sunday 26 April 2015, slightly below the highest recorded level of 13.82 metres in 1999.

Amazonas State Civil Defence says that 3,680 people in six districts and 29 riverside communities have been affected by the floods so far. Floods have affected the area for the last 3 to 4 weeks. The municipality declared a state of emergency on 07 April 2015. Tabatinga officials say that 145 families are currently homeless as a result of the floods.

The overflowing Solimões has also affected neighbouring Benjamin Constant municipality, where 8 out of the 9 districts have been flooded, according to Amazonas State Civil Defence.

100,000 Affected by Floods in Amazonas Since February 2015

Floods in the Brazilian state of Amazonas have affected 100,610 people ( 22,116 families) since February 2015. Over the last 3 months, flooding in the state has prompted 18 municipalities to declare a state of emergency and five others a state of alert.

Amazonia floods, Brazil April 2015. Photo: Amazonas Civil Defence
Amazonia floods, Brazil April 2015. Photo: Amazonas Civil Defence

The worst affected area is Boca do Acre, in the Purus region, which has been declared a state of public calamity after the Purus River overflowed in March 2015.

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Flooded school in Boca do Acre in Amazonas State, Brazil, March 2015. Photo: Seduc – Amazonas

The latest figures were released by the state’s Civil Defense in a statement made earlier this week, in which officials also said that the flood situation is continuing in some areas as increased Solimões River levels threaten nearby communities in Alto Solimões.

Aid for Amazonas Flood Victims

The state government reports that a total of 363 tons of food have been sent to the affected areas. Thousands of mattresses, hammocks, mosquito nets, medicines and water filters have also been distributed.

Distribution of food and aid to flood victims in Amazonas. Photo: Chico Araújo/Secom
Distribution of food and aid to flood victims in Tabatinga, Amazonas, Brazil. Photo: Chico Araújo/Secom

Financial aid for flood hit areas from the State Government includes:

Boca do Acre R$ 550,000
Envira – R$ 200,000
Itamarati – R$ 200,000
Eirunepé – R$ 300,000

List of Flood Affected Areas in Amazonas State, Brazil

State of Public Calamity
Boca do Acre-Purus

State of Emergency
Itamarati -Juruá
Guajará – Juruá
Ipixuna – Juruá
Eirunepé – Juruá
Envira – Juruá
Juruá – Juruá
Canutama – Purus
Tapauá – Purus
Carauari – Purus
Pauiní – Purus
Lábrea – Purus
Atalaia do Norte – Alto Solimões
BenjaminConstant – Alto Solimões
Tabatinga – Alto Solimões
Amaturá – Alto Solimões
Santo Antônio do Iça – Alto Solimões
São Paulo de Olivença – Alto Solimões
Tonantins – Alto Solimões

State of Alert
Humaitá – Madeira
Fonte Boa – Médio Solimões
Uarini – Médio Solimões
Alvarães – Médio Solimões
Tefé – Médio Solimões