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'Catastrophic' floods rising on Amazon River, say scientists

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New research shows that severe flooding on the Amazon has increased amid changing weather patterns. The increase is linked to a combination of warmer temperatures over the Atlantic Ocean and cooler temperatures over the Pacific. With temperatures in the Atlantic expected to rise more than in the Pacific, flood risks on the Amazon River will persist.

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PreventionWeb is a project of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR)

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