On Thursday (5), the Rio Negro reached a level of 14.90 metres, marking the 9th worst drought in history. The dark waters that bathe Manaus are part of one of the tributaries of the Amazon River, the world's largest river basin. Since 17 June, the Rio Negro has been falling steadily. In the beginning, the waters dropped an average of 1 to 2 cm per day. Today, the river is dropping by around 10 cm to 20 cm every day. The historic ebb that the Amazon has been experiencing has left part of the Rio Negro dry near the Phelippe Daou Bridge, one of the state's main tourist attractions. The river used to reach the banks of the Cacau Pirêra district in Iranduba. In the dry season, the landscape gives way to a giant strip of land with remnants of what was once the river.
Source: Amazon Agency