Sunday 21 December 2014

World Cup host city declares state of emergency as Amazon tributary river swells

Published 27/05/2014 | 20:00

A general view of the harbour along the Rio Negro, a major tributary of the Amazon River, in Manaus, is seen in this file picture taken March 28, 2014. Manaus is best known as a stopover for travelers on the way to and from eco tours in Brazil's Amazon rainforest, but in many ways it is more like a bustling frontier outpost of the modern, industrial world on a distant, jungle planet. To match Trip Tips TRAVEL-MANAUS/      REUTERS/Bruno Kelly/Files (BRAZIL - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP TRAVEL)
A general view of the harbour along the Rio Negro, a major tributary of the Amazon River, in Manaus, is seen in this file picture. Reuters/Bruno Kelly/Files

Brazilian World Cup host city Manaus has declared a state of emergency as the waters of an Amazon River tributary swell, although officials say they do not expect it to flood.

Manaus city hall spokeswoman Jacira Oliveira said the 180-day state of emergency that came into effect today is a preventive measure to assure swift access to emergency resources if the Rio Negro unexpectedly spills into the city.

She assured fans that even if there are floods, they will not damage the Arena Amazonia stadium which will host four games, including England's opening match against Italy on June 14, and USA v Portugal on June 22.

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