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World News October 19, 2023

10 percent of dolphins killed as Amazon drought hits lake: study

A severe drought and high temperatures in the Brazilian Amazon have led to a devastating impact on the dolphin population in Lake Tefé. Around 10% of the dolphins in the lake, a picturesque area in the heart of the rainforest, died within a week in late September. Water temperatures soared to 39.1 degrees Celsius, more than seven degrees above normal. Emergency teams discovered 153 dead dolphins, including 130 pink dolphins and 23 tucuxi dolphins, both species facing declining populations.

The drought has also caused a significant loss of fish and reduced river levels, affecting transportation and basic needs in the region. The situation is exacerbated by the El Nino phenomenon and uncontrolled climate change. The Amazon’s dry season has been particularly severe this year. In the state capital Manaus, at the confluence of the Amazon and Negro rivers, water levels reached historic lows, the lowest in 121 years. The city is also grappling with heavy smoke from forest fires, leading to the cancellation of the marathon.

Source – CGTN

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