Without rain, a rainforest doesn't last too long. For the second time this decade, drought grips the Amazon Basin. The lack of rain is drying up rivers like the Rio Negro, a main tributary of the mighty Amazon.
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Last year the Rio Negro hit a record high of 98 feet. Now it is at the lowest level since records began in 1902. The river dropped to a low of 45 feet on October 24.
The drought is primarily drying out the northwest region of Brazil, near the borders with Colombia and Peru. The same region suffered drought in 2005.
Shrinking waterways are affecting everyone who depends on the Amazon River and its tributaries, from soy farmers on the Rio Madeira to indigenous fisherman. Many people have been stranded without river transport, since only the smallest boats can navigate the shriveled waterways.
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In Brazil's Amazonas state, 62,000 people are affected by drought. Many are running out of food. Fish and other wildlife are dying as habitats disappear and the water warms up.