IN NEWS: Severe drought grips the Amazon rainforest: The impact, cause and grim future

  • The Amazon rainforest is reeling from an intense drought. Numerous rivers vital for travel have dried up. As a result, there is no water, food, or medicine in villages of Indigenous communities living in the area.
  •  Important Area: Rio Negro and city of Manaus


  • Water levels have dropped and high numbers of fish and river dolphins, known as boto and contaminated the water supply.
  • Stalled the operations of a major hydropower dam.
  • limited access to food, and other supplies.
  • Extreme dry conditions have made the rainforest more vulnerable to wildfires too.


  • Onset of El Nino.
  • Unusually high water temperatures in the northern tropical Atlantic Ocean.

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