The death toll in Brazil now stands at more than 100 dead

The death toll in Brazil now stands at more than 100 dead

The torrential rains that caused flooding and landslides around Recife in northeastern Brazil have killed at least 106 people, according to a latest tally from local authorities on Tuesday (May 31st). The government of the state of Pernambuco, of which Recife is the capital, also reported eight missing, while searches are continuing in the hardest hit areas.

More than 400 firefighters were still mobilized on Tuesday. Les “Search continues relentlessly until all these people are found”, said Humberto Freire, head of Pernambuco’s civil defense, quoted in the statement. In Jardim Monteverde, on the border between Recife and the town of Jaboatao dos Guararapes, where dozens of people were buried by a mudslide, the search ended, with the bodies of the last three people missing from the call. found Wednesday.

More than 6,000 people in the Recife region have also lost their homes and had to be housed in reception facilities, according to the latest figures from the authorities. A state of emergency has been declared in twenty-four municipalities in Pernambuco.

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In one night, 70% of the monthly precipitation

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro flew over the flooded areas on Monday and the government released a 1 billion reais (about 198 million euros) loan to help those affected. The head of state has been criticized for saying this type of disaster was “Things that happen”after in particular a similar tragedy that left 233 dead in Petropolis, near Rio de Janeiro (southeast), in february. Other deadly floods took place late last year in the northeastern state of Bahia and then in January in the southeastern states of Sao Paulo and Minas Gerais.

Between Friday night and Saturday morning, it rained the equivalent of 70% of what is normally expected for the entire month of May in some areas of Pernambuco. Natural disaster specialist José Marengo told Agence France-Presse (AFP) that this exceptional rainfall was due to global warming, but was mostly deadly due to wild urbanization.

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“Rain in itself does not kill.” What is deadly is the rain on homes in high-risk areas. ”, explains this research coordinator of the National Center for Monitoring and Alerting Natural Disasters in Brazil (Cemaden). According to him, the authorities are “Guilty” to have “Building permits in high-risk areas, where poor people live who have nowhere to go”.

The World with AFP

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