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In a recent catastrophic event, a Cyclone hits South Brazil, causing immense devastation in the region. This destructive cyclone has resulted in the tragic loss of at least 21 lives and displaced hundreds of people as devastating floods engulfed numerous cities. This alarming incident highlights the escalating risks associated with increasingly frequent and intense storms due to climate change.
As the floodwaters slowly recede, Rio Grande do Sul authorities are discovering additional casualties. Governor Eduardo Leite has reported that this ferocious storm has had a widespread impact, affecting as many as 60 cities across the region.
A ferocious cyclone hits South Brazil, adding to the growing list of extreme weather events that are becoming distressingly common. This cyclone marks the latest episode in a series of severe weather events that are becoming very common. Such events underscore the urgent need to address the global climate crisis. In June, a cyclone in southern Brazil forced thousands of residents to evacuate their homes and claimed the lives of 13 individuals. Furthermore, severe rainfall in Sao Paulo in February triggered devastating landslides and floods, resulting in a tragic death toll of at least 65 people.
Governor Leite has described Monday’s flooding as the deadliest climate-related catastrophe in the state’s history. Tragically, 15 recorded fatalities occurred in Mucum, a town overwhelmed by the rising waters, as chillingly depicted in social media videos.
In the aftermath of the devastating cyclone hitting South Brazil, Mayor Mateus Trojan of Mucum has shared the grim reality of the situation, stating, “There are still people missing. The death toll might climb higher. The town of Mucum as we knew it no longer exists.”
In response to this dire situation, Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has expressed his heartfelt solidarity with the affected population of Rio Grande do Sul. He acknowledged the heavy rains that have already claimed the lives of at least four individuals. The head of civil defense has been dispatched to the state to assist in mitigating the problems caused by these torrential rains, reaffirming the government’s commitment to aiding the people of Gaucha during this challenging period.