Rains in Acre displace 60,000 people

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BRASILIA, BRAZIL (BDCi) – The worst rains in over five years have caused the Acre River to rise to its second highest level in history resulting in severe damage in the state of Acre.

The Acre River is at 17.41 meters, putting it over three meters above its flooding level. The flooding now has now had a negative impact on over 60,000 people, leaving at least 7,000 homeless.

In the capital, Rio Branco, a large part of the city is now underwater.

Light rain is predicted for Acre over the next few days. It is expected that the worst has passed and that the river will begin to recede over the next few days.

By: Natania Levine

Courtesy: agenciabrasil.ebc.com.br

Photo: lougold.blogspot.com

23 February 2012

10:28 a.m P.S.T

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