Devastation caused by rain in Brazil: 6 people dead so far, emergency declared in 64 cities
Rain is wreaking havoc in southern Brazil. According to official information received on Sunday, at least 6 people have died due to floods and landslides here last week. Deputy Governor Gabriel Souza said on Twitter that the deaths occurred in the states of Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul, followed by widespread property damage. The situation was so bad that thousands of people took shelter in the gymnasium.
The roads were completely filled with mud
In Rio Grande do Sul, the Taqueri River overflowed its banks and caused devastation in several areas. The scene was such that some roads were completely filled with mud and trees were also uprooted. Here in Roca Sales, dozens of volunteers were seen working to clear roads blocked by the mess of mud and debris left by the river on Sunday.
Climate change is causing disasters
Southern Brazil has been hit hard in recent months by extreme weather events such as torrential rains and a September cyclone that killed more than 50 people. Experts say climate change is fueling many of these disasters.
Heavy rains that began in Santa Catarina on Tuesday led to deaths and the governor declared a state of emergency in 64 cities. Rainfall in the three days in the four most affected cities was double what was expected for the entire month of November.