Another quick visit to Iranduba, where beer, caipirinhas and dominos were the order of the day. I even managed a little fishing and caught a modestly-sized catfish. I was going to let it go, but in the end deferred to the whims of the locals who consider anything larger than a muuth good for the pot.
On the way back I was on my own and stopped along the Furo do Baixio to take a quick photo of the community there. This was at a level of 29.07m; the river has already risen another 30cm. The population who have built below the previously-registered high-water levels are clamouring for aid, although I have mixed feelings about their plight. But it seems that the rivers are determined to exceed the 100-year high recorded in 2009, and in this case I will have a lot of sympathy with anyone caught out by the 30m of water which is realistically on the cards – at that sort of level, the low-lying areas of Manaus (including significant areas of the city centre) will be in deep shit (unfortunately, quite literally).
So what’s happening, then? Four records blown in 7 years (2 lows and two highs). “It’s a blip”, “it’s normal”, “it’s natural”. Bullshit – we’re all going to die… (well, actually we are, but you know what I mean): “Wurr dooomed, Captain Mainwaring – dooomed, aye…”