Lack of rain and high temperatures are continuing in northeastern Peru. The water level of the Amazon River in its upper reaches is about 4 meters lower than usual in Iquitos, a major city in the region of Loreto. Local weather officials say the lowest level was recorded on Tuesday last week since they began keeping track in 1969.
The river is a major means of transporting both people and goods in the area. The drought has hampered traffic by big boats, and it takes twice as long as usual to transport goods, affecting daily lives of residents.
The area along the Amazon River is now in the dry season. Its water level is expected to fall by 20 to 30 centimeters from the current level in several weeks.
The local government is considering declaring a state of emergency for the area out of concern about the lack of drinking water.