Amazon tributary hits record high after rains

SAO PAULO (AP) — A mighty tributary of the Amazon River has hit a record high level after weeks of heavy rains.

Brazil's geographical service says on its website that the Rio Negro crested at 97.70 feet (29.78 meters) Wednesday in the jungle city of Manaus. That's just above the previous record set in 2009, when the river hit 97.67 feet (29.77 meters).

Records have been kept on the level of the powerful river since 1902.

The river's waters are flooding the center of the city of 1.6 million people.

Manaus is located in Amazonas state, where 83 percent of the counties are in a state of emergency because of flooding.

The rains are continuing and officials warn the river could rise even higher.

Associated Press
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