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Monday, November 08, 2010

Amazonian Port Collapses into River

This really has nothing to do with fishing except that it happened near water...

The Amazonian port of Chibatão, Manaus, Brazil literally collapsed and fell into the river.  Manaus is the capital of the Amazonas state and is located at the confluence of the rivers Negro and Solimões. The footage was captured by a security camera and shows just how fast something can go terribly wrong.  Two workers were confirmed missing and up to ten others may have got swept to their deaths.

Porto Chibatão is the largest private port complex of Amazonas state and is located on the Rio Negro.  There was construction being done at the time the landslide occurred to create an access to a floating pontoon that served as a berth due to low water levels in the river.  The river was at its lowest level since records began in 1902 due the Amazon’s worst drought since 1963. According to the government’s geological service, the Rio Negro was at a depth of 13.63 meters, down from a high of nearly 30 meters last year.