The country’s Geological Service reports that the Amazon River, the world’s longest at almost 7,000 kilometers, has shrunk to its lowest level in nearly half a century, with the waterway in the city of Manaus a significant four meters below its average depth of 23 meters.
Final data to be released later in October is expected to confirm that the current drought is the worst Brazil has experienced since 1963. Seven remote communities, normally accessible only by water, have now become isolated as their tributary disappeared.
Brazilian Geological Service, we appreciate this information, despite its disturbing implications for brethren in Brazil and throughout the world. We pray for swift actions that restore the majestic Amazon and protect all lives on the planet. During an August 2009 videoconference in Thailand, Supreme Master Ching Hai shared her concern about the rapidly diminishing waterways that threaten our survival, while urging for the most immediate solution.