Heavy Rains in Brazil Trigger Flooding, Landslides; at Leas 26 Lifeless

Sao Paulo: Brazilian authorities stated that a minimum of 26 individuals have died in two cities in north Sao Paulo state amid floods and landslides, and this quantity might nonetheless rise. The town corridor of Sao Sebastiao confirmed on Sunday that 25 individuals died and the mayor of Ubatuba stated a 7-year-old woman was killed. The cities of Sao Sebastiao, Ubatuba, Ilhabela, and Bertioga, among the hardest hit and now in a state of calamity, canceled their Carnival festivities as rescue groups wrestle to seek out lacking, injured, and feared lifeless within the rubble.

Our rescue groups should not managing to get to a number of places; it’s a chaotic scenario, stated Felipe Augusto, the mayor of Sao Sebastiao. Later, he added there are dozens of individuals lacking and that fifty homes collapsed within the metropolis as a result of landslides. Augusto posted on his social media channels a number of movies of widespread destruction in his metropolis, together with one of many child being rescued by locals lined up on a flooded avenue.

Brazil’s President Luiz Incio Lula da Silva stated on Twitter he’ll go to the area on Monday. Sao Paulo state authorities stated in an announcement that precipitation within the area has surpassed 600 millimeters in at some point, one of many highest quantities ever in Brazil in such a brief interval. Bertioga alone had 687 millimeters throughout that interval, the state authorities stated.

Gov. Tarcisio de Freitas stated in an announcement he requested assist from the military, which despatched two airplanes and rescue groups to the area. TV footage confirmed homes flooded with solely the roof seen. Residents are utilizing small boats to hold objects and other people to greater positions. A highway that connects Rio de Janeiro to the port metropolis of Santos was blocked by landslides and floodwaters.

The northern coast of Sao Paulo state is a frequent Carnival vacation spot for rich vacationers preferring to steer clear of huge avenue events in huge cities.

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