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Amazon River Flooding Emergency
Davarian in the Amazon

Iquitos Peru: On April 6, 2012, the President of Loreto declared Iquitos city in a state of emergency. The Amazon River reached a record height and continues to rise.

In the lower suburbs of Iquitos 80,000 people have been left homeless and the hospital in Nanay suburb has been flooded.

Throughout the western Amazon region Indian villages and farms are flooded. Most tourist lodges upriver from Iquitos have reported flooding and some have sustained major damage.

And the flood continues to rise.

The flooding was evidently caused by long hot summer rains in the Andes Mountains and a great amount of glacial melt flowing down the mountains and eventually into the Amazon River.

If you are planning to travel to the Iquitos area over the next 3-6-months please check with your operator to see what their situation is to accommodate your visit.

Some of the lodges are building temporary shelters on whatever high ground they can find.

Non-profit and commercial companies are offering their liveaboard boats so tourists can still visit some of the best accessible wildlife areas. Some are turning over their profits from such charters to local Indian communities.

No one has a timetable for when the flood will recede. Hope is that by June projects can be started to repair/rebuild.

This disaster effects the future and wellbeing of remote Indigenous Indians as well as residents of Iquitos City, and the future of tourism on the upper Amazon River.

Plans are underway to ask for volunteers to help with humanitarian relief: people who have a flexible schedule and can join a small group for a specific area/project.

Even when the water starts to recede there may be problems. Some Indian homes and nearby lodges have lost their pillars, the buildings collapsing into the water. Until the water has totally fallen the pillars cannot be replaced/buildings rebuilt (happened to a friend of mine's place). That could be August or September.
One remote medical clinic I know of was completely washed away.

As well with the fast recession of the water erosion takes out large trees. We already had one large tree fall on a building.

More importantly are the Indians. On the upper tributaries Indian communities are isolated with relatively small populations. 200 people live in our community, 125 of which are children. There is no place for them to go and even if there were they wouldn't have a way to get there.
Some are living in rafters of their homes (if still stable). Some families living in canoes. Some in makeshift tree platforms along with a few chickens.

No sanitation. No clean drinking water (river water needs to be boiled to drink).

The little they had before, now nothing.

quote from April 10, 2012:
"they are living on the roof"

Iquitos Flood
© Dolly Beaver Angels of the Amazon                

The non-profit organization Project Amazonas has offered the use of their boats to provide emergency assistance to the San Juan de Yanayacu Indian Community.

Project Amazonas owns the B/F Nenita, a 70' river launch used for medical missions. The Nenita is equipped with seven 2-person cabins. As well they have a 26' covered aluminum speedboat with 100 HP Yamaha marine outboard motor (the Mai-Kai Express).

Project Amazonas is a United States based 501(c)(3) non-profit. All donations received are tax-deductible.
100% of donations to our Yanayacu community are used to give assistance to the Indians.

Our schedule is to leave Iquitos on May 16, 2012, with as much as we can buy; food, medicines, clothing, and building supplies to build shelters.

A limited number of volunteers are needed. Please let me know if you are available to help:
Davarian in the Amazon

Donations can be made through Project Amazonas:
Donation page: Project Amazonas
Please put "Yanayacu project" in the note field of your donation

San Juan Yanayacu River community April 05, AS THE WATER STARTED TO RISE:

Yanayacu Flood

Yanayacu Flood

© Juan Carlos Palomino, Amazon Refuge  

Donations to help the Indians can be made through Project Amazonas (non-profit USA):
Donation page: Project Amazonas
Please put "Yanayacu project" in the note field of your donation

Photos of San Juan Yanayacu River Indian community taken April 05, AS THE WATER STARTED TO RISE:

Yanayacu Flood

Yanayacu Flood

Yanayacu Flood

© Juan Carlos Palomino, Amazon Refuge

Photos of Tahuayo River Indian Communities courtesy of Dolly Beaver of Amazonia Expeditions and
Angels of the Amazon

Iquitos Flood
Lastenia Family of the Chino Village, Tahuayo River.

Iquitos Flood

Iquitos Flood

Iquitos Flood

Iquitos Flood

Iquitos Flood

Red Alert: Flooding in the Peruvian Amazon:

Red Cross PDF Update (opens new window):

Flood Disaster Aid:
The government of Peru has airlifted 17 tons of food to Iquitos this week.
The United States is financing 62 emergency shelters through COER (Centro Operaciones Emergencia Regional).
The United Nations sent representatives on April 11 and have promised assistance through UNICEF and WHO.
The Panamerican Health Organization also pledges support.
Most aid is concentrated on the population centers of Iquitos, Nauta and Tamshiyacu. There is very little aid for the 400+ villages underwater.
Angels of the Amazon is sending a boat with food (dry goods), blankets and plastic tarp tomorrow to the villages on the Tahuayo River.

Photos of Iquitos City taken April 06-10, 2012, courtesy of Amazonia Expeditions. Ariel photo by David Gonzales:

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Iquitos City and Iquitos City school flooding (school closed the next day)

Iquitos Nanay Flood Iquitos street flood
Nanay and Iquitos City

Photos of the San Juan de Yanayacu Indian Community BEFORE THE FLOOD courtesy of National Geographic photographer Gordon Wiltsie More photos of the Indians are on Gordon's Blog

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Every person should have the opportunity to experience the Amazon rainforest.
Contact me and we can do it:

Davarian in the Amazon

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