By Claire Rivé, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The Madeira River, which runs through Porto Velho, Rondônia in western Brazil, has reached a record water level of 18.73 meters and is still climbing today. The flooding has almost completely isolated the area in the upper Amazon River basin, as the BR-364 highway, the only land-link with the rest of the country, had to be closed on Monday and very few vehicles are able to make their way through the rising water.

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