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With full, up to 12 number of cities in the emergency AM

Atalaia do Norte and Benjamin Constant become part list.
Alto Solimões level exceeded the quota overflow 12,85m.

Rose to 12 the number of cities in emergency situation due to overflowing rivers in the Amazon. The municipalities of North Watchtower and Benjamin Constant, located in the upper Amazon, have joined the list of places affected by the floods. A city declared a state of emergency. Across the state, 68,436 people were affected by flooding. The data was released on Tuesday (31) by the State Civil Defense.

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Full leaves Atalaia do Norte (AM) on alert and reaches 700 families, says mayor

City and 8 communities have been affected, said Civil Defense of the Municipality. County is in the region of Vale do Javari, Brazil’s border with Peru. The full this year already affecting the routine of farmers in the town of … Read More



Pink dolphin is hunted to turn fish bait

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The killing is a crime, treated to date with leniency, which from 2015 will have strict control
Jennifer Ann Thomas, de Tefé (AM)

4000 a year is the number of slaughtered dolphins and turned into bait to catch piracatinga, butcher fish exported to Colombia, also known as golden brown. To protect the dolphin at risk, fishing for that species was banned for five years from 2015.

The killing occurs at night. Fishermen enter the Amazon River, a region known as channel of the Upper and Middle Solimões, in the northwest of the state, looking for prey that if the law were then should not be harpoons target or networks: the button-color pink.

The endemic species of the region, is one of the symbols of the Brazilian fauna, one of the most diverse on the planet. The dolphin is a mammal harmless to humans. In addition to surface every five minutes, it is easily seen from outside the water, due to its characteristic color. Fascinates tourists, especially foreigners who come to Brazil to admire the beautiful and raw nature, considered pristine.

For centuries, the coexistence of man with the dolphins was balanced. His flesh, full of muscle fibers, is dull. So, not the hunted. Was the case until the 2000s, when scholars of the National Institute for Amazonian Research noted that the dolphins were disappearing at an alarming rate, a decrease of 7% per year in the population. The reason: the fishermen found that the animal is an effective bait to capture the piracatinga, butcher fish sold in Colombian markets and northern Brazil.

The night killing ignores the law that protects the species, and in theory should punish hunters by imprisonment of six months to five years. It is a scenario that can change from 2015, since the inspection finally perfected a way of catching criminals, using scientific resources in the discovery of rogue chain.