Monday, November 24, 2008

Brazil floods kill at least 59, uproot thousands

Reuters: Rescue workers rushed to help stricken residents in southern Brazil Monday after landslides and floods caused by heavy rain killed at least 59 people and forced more than 43,000 from their homes. The state of Santa Catarina declared an emergency as rescuers used helicopters and motorboats to reach those displaced or stranded by the floods after days of torrential rain.

"Santa Catarina is facing its worst weather tragedy," state Gov. Luis Henrique Silveira told reporters. Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva called Silveira and told him the federal government stood ready to provide medicine and other supplies, the state said on its Web site.

The state government said the floods and mudslides had affected 1.5 million people, leaving about 150,000 people without electricity and eight towns out of the 60 affected completely cut off by flood waters and landslides. The death toll was likely to rise as several people were missing, state officials said….

Location of Brazil's Santa Catarina state, created by Raphael Lorenzeto de Abreu,
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C. L. DeMedeiros said...

We never had something like
in Brazil,
I was devasted
when read the news about that.
I think the biggest problem is the devastation of forest in the region
and building of housing in risk areas.
There's more to come...

Brian Thomas said...

Floods are terrible enough, but they are even worse when they strike an area that hasn't experienced them before. The photos I've seen of the devastation are heartbreaking and scary.