The waters of the Tarumã-açu River, a tributary of the Negro River, have lost ground to sandbanks, mud and cracks in the soil. With the river dry, indigenous and riverside communities are completely isolated and have problems with drinking water, food and supplies. To reach a Saterê-Mawé village in the region, it is necessary to travel part of the way by boat, and then walk for two hours to reach the village. The river connects the rural area to the city of Manaus, the capital of Amazonas. This year's drought has left the Amazon's main rivers at historic lows. Fifty-nine municipalities in the state are in a state of emergency. There are already five hundred and ninety thousand people affected by the drought in 2023.
Source: Amazon Agency