Travelling by boat down Rio Madeira eventually led us to the community Nazaré. A small, calm village with boats as their only means of transportation. The houses all made of solid wood colorfully painted, surrounded with green grass and palm trees. Except for a light breeze from the river and distant noise from motorboats, everything seemed very still.
It is pretty, but it’s been prettier.
There was a flood in 2014 that had a huge impact on many communities in the whole state.
On 2015 The National Water Agency (ANA) reported that the Madeira quota reached a new maximum of 19.14 meters. The riverbank population was the main one hit by flood. In Nazaré around 160 families (about 640 people) were hit by the flooding of the Madeira River. Most had to be housed in schools, churches located in the higher regions and in neighboring communities that were not overtaken by the water. Many became completely isolated.You can still tell from the line of the houses where the water reached. When the water sank again many people had nothing, houses had to be build up from scratch Even years after, people of Nazaré still experience economic and social consequences of this phenomenon.