The Greek myth of Damocles can be used to represent the situation of Porto Velho city, in Brazil, located immediately below the Santo Antonio dam on the Madeira River. Porto Velho thus is under an ongoing risk.
May 4, 2014
The Madeira River, a tributary of the Amazon River which drains parts of Bolivia, Peru and Brazil, has one of the highest sediment loads of the world.
March 26, 2014
Reports and documents produced by Brazilian and Bolivian experts, warned of the impacts that both hydroelectric power would produce.
March 9, 2016
Porto Velho is at risk by the existence of the Jirau and Santo Antônio dams, Madeira upriver. If the first breaks down, the wall of water that would cascade down the river would immediately break the Santo Antonio dam as well.