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Floods hit city in Brazil’s Amazon jungle state of Amazonas

March 17, 2015

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian civil defense officials say more than 20,000 people have been affected by flooding in the city of Boca do Acre in Brazil’s northern state of Amazonas.

The state’s Civil Defense Department says on its website that the Purus River overflowed its banks a few days ago and flooded eight of the city’s nine neighborhoods.

It says 36 tons of emergency supplies including food, potable water, medicine, mattresses and hammocks have been distributed in the city of 31,000 people.

More than 70 families with nowhere to go were sheltered in tents provided by the Civil Defense Department. There is no other mention of people being forced to leave their homes.

Calls to Boca do Acre’s city hall, to the Amazonas state government and to the Civil Defense department went unanswered.

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