Broken Pipeline Creates Urban Waterfall in the Amazon

Nestled along the Amazon river in the heart of the world’s largest rainforest, folks living in Manaus are no stranger to the forces of nature. But when a water pipe broke along a city street, the raging torrent it unleashed brought a sense of the wild a bit too close to home.

Earlier today, a 30 inch water-main fractured beneath a roadway in the Amazonian capital, causing a dramatic flash flood which swept through the streets, carrying away cars and inundating homes. Fortunately, no one was injured in the incident.

The local utility company has promised to reimburse residence for the damage caused by the flooding; Around 100 families were affected by the unscheduled waterfall.

An investigation is underway to determine the cause of the break.

Photos: Thiago PaulinoGirlene Medeiros