I just heard from a friend and colleague that the Amazon Basin in Peru has experienced unusually heavy rainfall. This has inundated parts of Iquitos, the regional capital, as well as countless villages like San Juan de Yanayacu, which some of you and I have visited.
Here is the message Davarian sent me:
Our Amazon Refuge Wildlife Conservation Center is currently dealing with an emergency that affects the San Juan de Yanayacu Indian Community. Every year the Amazon River rises as rainwater comes down from the mountains, in turn flooding a significant part of the rainforest in our area.
This year more water than anyone expected came into the Amazon River and the flooding has displaced Indians and even residents of Iquitos city.
A non-profit organization, Amazonas Project, is providing their boat for us to take emergency supplies/volunteers to the San Juan de Yanayacu Indian community. A community of 200-people hit hard by the flood, living on rooftops and on makeshift tree platforms (125 are children).
Small boats are taking things now and we hope to leave Iquitos with a large boat May 16. Your support and/or passing this information on to anyone interested in helping the Indians is greatly appreciated.
There is more information about the situation and a link to the donation page of Amazonas Project, USA tax-deductible 501(c)(3) on our site: www.amazonrefuge.com/help/help2.html
Best, Davarian Hall
Even if the Amazon is often a spectacularly beautiful environment, it is also a difficult place to live – even in the best of times. When annual floods rise much higher than the normal 30 feet or so- as is now happening now – countless factors make life even tougher. Imagine clinging to the top of a thatched roof that might already be filled with rats, watching swirling water destroy your crops and homes, while at the same time ferrying disease, hostile reptiles, electric eels, piranha and the like. You’d need any help you could get.
Although the broader consequences of this flooding are monumental, the discreet task of steering a boatload of food and supplies to the people of one village is both tangible and achievable. I’m going to pitch in and hope that some of my friends will join me.
In hopes that it will inspire you, I have attached a photo gallery of the village, its people and the environs.