Record Flood on Amazon Tributary

May 24, 2012; 3:48 PM ET
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The largest Amazon River tributary has marked its highest historical level following weeks of heavy rain in its catch basin, the AP has said.

The flooding has caused headaches for the population of Manaus, Brazil, a city of 1.6 million people.

The Rio Negro crested last Wednesday, registering 97.70 feet (29.78 meters) in Manaus. The top narrowly eclipsed the high mark of 97.67, set in 2009.

River levels have been recorded here since 1902.

Waters of the Rio Negro have flooded the center of Manaus, the AP said. Some neighborhoods have been partially submerged and homes have been invaded by water.

Residents and merchants have taken such measures as makeshift walkways to make do until the flood waters leave their streets and buildings.

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