Amazon River at brink of flooding puts parts of Peru at risk
The Amazon River is almost at flooding point in areas, threatening cities and regions in Peru.
Intense rain in recent days has increased the water flow in the Amazon River, which passes through Peru's northern jungle, to a critical level which will probably cause flooding in the city of Iquitos and several districts in Maynas province, according to Peru's Senamhi national weather service.
The Amazon registered a water level of 117 metres above sea level at the H-Enapu Peru monitoring station, 1.02m above its normal level and edging into the "Red Alert" zone.
The Senamhi report added that the trend for the coming few days would be for the river to keep rising and warned about possible flooding in the districts of Punchana, Belen, Iquitos and San Juan Bautista in Maynas province, in the Loreto region.
The downpours in Peru in recent weeks have brought flooding to several regions resulting in 75 deaths, about 20 people missing and more than 100,000 with property damage.