The torrential rain hit Pernambuco in northeastern Brazil, where rescue workers have been working to recover bodies and evacuate residents from seven landslide sites
At least 91 people were killed in floods and landslides that ravaged hilltop areas of Brazil over the weekend.
The torrential rains hit Pernambuco in northeastern Brazil, where rescue workers have been working to recover bodies and evacuate residents from seven landslide sites.
The city’s Federal Service for Civil Protection, which is responsible for emergency management, confirmed this to the local sales office Hora Campinas that 91 were confirmed dead after the disaster.
They said 26 people were still missing since the flooding began on May 25, when the rains intensified.
The rains provoked landslides that swept away entire hillside neighborhoods, the state’s official Twitter account said on Saturday.
According to the state government, another 765 people had to leave their homes at least temporarily.
Authorities in the neighboring state of Alagoas had registered two deaths, according to the Brazilian Federal Emergency Service.
It was the fourth major flooding event in five months, underscoring the lack of urban planning in low-income neighborhoods across much of Brazil, where shantytowns are often built on vulnerable hillsides.
The destruction also comes as scientists are beginning to wonder if unusual rain cycles in Latin America’s largest nation could be a result of climate change.
Between those two states, 6,000 people have arrived at government-designated aid points and more than 7,000 are staying with friends or relatives, the Federal Civil Protection Service said.
In a Twitter post, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said he would arrive in Recife, the hard-hit capital of Pernambuco, on Monday morning.
“From the beginning, our government has provided all means, including the armed forces, to help those affected,” he wrote.
In late December and early January, dozens were killed and tens of thousands displaced when rains battered the state of Bahia, also in northeastern Brazil. At least 18 died later in January in floods in the southeastern state of Sao Paulo. In February, torrential rains killed more than 230 people in the state of Rio de Janeiro.
While much of Brazil spent most of 2021 in a severe drought, unusually heavy rains began in the finals
months of the year.
The often-deadly floods that followed have sparked debate about the potential role of climate change in Brazil’s volatile weather patterns and drew attention to the country’s often haphazard urban planning.
Many of the deaths on Friday and Saturday occurred in the Pernambuco state capital, Recife. As with many urban areas in Brazil, many of Recife’s neighborhoods were built in locations prone to landslides and mudslides.
According to local media, Bolsonaro assembled a federal task force on Saturday to be deployed to Pernambuco.
His main opponent in October’s presidential election, leftist Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, continued to lament the flooding
“My solidarity with the families in the greater Recife area who are suffering from the heavy rains,” he wrote.
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