Rain Returns To Flood Hit Brazil, Death Toll Rises To 126

by | May 11, 2024 | Daily News, Environmental News

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Rain resumed in Rio Grande do Sul on May 10. It compounded the devastation caused by historic floods in Brazil’s southernmost state. The death toll surged to 126 in the flood-hit Brazil. This toll rose from 113 earlier in the day, reported local authorities.

The ongoing storms and floods have displaced nearly 340,000 people. Along with them, 141 individuals are still unaccounted for, according to civil defense officials.

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The relentless downpours have led several rivers and lakes to record their highest water levels. This has further inundated streets and disrupted essential services and logistics across the state.

Almost two million people have been affected by the calamity, as detailed in the latest update from civil defense. Weather experts from MetSul have warned of continued rainfall and a heightened risk of storms persisting until Monday.

Rio Grande do Sul’s unique geographical position, straddling tropical and polar atmospheric influences, has intensified this erratic weather pattern. This is a phenomenon attributed to climate change by local scientists.

Canoas is one of the hardest-hit cities near the state capital Porto Alegre. There, over 6,000 displaced individuals have sought refuge in a college gymnasium converted into a shelter.

Aparecida de Fatima Fagundes, a resident at the shelter, recounted the trauma of the disaster. She’s unable to forget the desperate cries for help during the worst moments.

The state government has reported that more than 385,000 people are currently without water services. Moreover, approximately 20 cities are experiencing telecommunication outages.

In response to the crisis, the federal government has announced aid measures. This includes expedited social benefit payments and access to lower-interest credit for farmers and businesses.

Governor Eduardo Leite has estimated that Rio Grande do Sul will require a staggering 19 billion reais ($3.68 billion) to recover from the catastrophic damage. This damage has extended into agricultural regions surrounding the capital.

As rain returns to flood-hit Brazil, Rio Grande do Sul grapples with the aftermath of these unprecedented floods. Urgent efforts are underway to provide relief and rebuild shattered communities. At the same time, the nation confronts the broader implications of climate change on extreme weather events.

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  • Sarah Tancredi

    Sarah Tancredi is an experienced journalist and news reporter specializing in environmental and climate crisis issues. With a deep passion for the planet and a commitment to raising awareness about pressing environmental challenges, Sarah has dedicated her career to informing the public and promoting sustainable solutions. She strives to inspire individuals, communities, and policymakers to take action to safeguard our planet for future generations.

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