I’m sick and tired of hearing this Iquitos flooding is normal; that it happens ever year, or every ten years. Not to this level it doesn’t! If it’s your home that’s full of muddy water for the first time, it’s not normal. If the muddy water is lapping at your doorstep for the first time, it’s not normal. This flooding is extreme. The government declared a state of emergency for greater Iquitos on April 20th and the water level has risen every day since then and it’s still rising.
We launched two boats this morning, one on a 4 day cruise up the flooded Nanay River and another on a day trip up the flooded Momon River. I’m looking forward to talking to my passengers and crew to know what it’s like out there on the flooded rivers.
The market near the ports of the Nanay River is under water and all of the vendors have moved to higher ground.
I’ve never seen the water this high. I hear the last time it was this high was in 1996, before my time in Iquitos.
The best port on the Nanay River is the Club Social Deportivo Caza y Pesca, or the Hunting and Fishing Club, where we keep our boats.
Life goes on, business goes on, but it’s more difficult.
Iquitos Flooding, Life Goes On
Bill Grimes, reporting from Iquitos, stay tuned.
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