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.
Municipalities of the seven municipalities most affected by historic flooding did not have services to act in reducing the risk of natural disaster and carry out mitigation actions, responses and recovery of social and economic damage of the population in 2014.
The objective of the documentary is to question the relationship between the flood of Madera River in 2014 and the hydroelectric plants of Santo Antonio and Jirau.
The water hasn’t stopped rising in Rondônia. The Madeira River is surpassing historic levels almost daily, and on February 24th it reached the mark of 18.43 meters, the most major flood registered since 1997.
Turbines and gates are disabled. The region faces a historic flooding in rural and urban areas and over 1300 families homeless.
The number of displaced and homeless families, mostly residents of villages, settlements and districts of Porto Velho, also grew.
“State of emergency” was declared in Porto Velho due to heavy rains and great flood on the Madeira River. It could be the biggest flood in 100 years.
Waves swallow homes, fishes appear dead, while fishermen suffer from hunger. The Santo Antonio hydroelectric changed the river and life in Rondonia.