The Iguazú Falls, located in the northern province of Misiones, broke a historical record on Friday by registering the largest volume of water in the last five years, a situation that forced the authorities of the tourist circuit of the Devil’s throat to close the road to the public.
In a Twitter message, the director of the Iguazú National Park confirmed that the suspension of activities in this important tourist attraction was caused by an “extraordinary rise in the Iguazú River”which exceeded the normal parameters in all drops of the Devil’s throat.
According to the calculations estimated by the agency, During the day on Friday, approximately 10,000 cubic meters of water fell per second due to the 275 falls that make up the circuitwhen the “normal” average does not usually exceed 1,600 cubic meters per second.
Because of this, park rangers holiday resort decided to close the path to the viewpoints of the Devil’s throat and keep the guided tours suspended “temporarily”, in order to “guarantee the safety of the thousands of visitors who arrive daily at the place”.
Speaking to the press, the mayor of the Iguazú National Park, Atilio Guzmán, explained that “The closure of the tourist steps of the viewpoint will remain closed indefinitely”at least until it is safe to pass through them.
Once the water levels drop below the walkways and it is safe to walk on them, we will open the attraction.
Why did the flow of the Iguazú River rise?
According to Télam’s review, this impressive flooding of the Iguazú River is closely related to the intense rainfall that has plagued southern Brazil for several days, especially the state of Paraná, where this important river flow originates.
For more than a week, several regions of eastern Brazil have been strongly affected by intense rainfall that, to date, has left a total of 128 dead, more than 5,000 homeless, thousands of homes destroyed and colossal landslides. in much of the nation.