The relentless downpour in southern Brazil has unleashed a trail of destruction, claiming at least seven lives and leaving three people missing, as reported by the Civil Defense on Sunday. This natural disaster has thrust tens of thousands into distress, highlighting the increasing severity of weather-related calamities in the region.
Fatalities and Disappearances in Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina
The state of Rio Grande do Sul bore a significant brunt of the disaster, with four confirmed fatalities and two individuals still missing. Neighboring Santa Catarina also witnessed its share of tragedy, with three deaths and one person missing. These numbers, while preliminary, paint a grim picture of the catastrophe’s human cost.
Widespread Impact and Evacuations
The impact of the rains extends far beyond the immediate fatalities and missing persons. Over 31,000 residents in the region have been adversely affected by the torrential rains. In response to the imminent threat of flooding, approximately 1,600 individuals have been evacuated. These measures, while crucial for safety, underscore the vast scale of displacement caused by the rains.
State of Emergency in Santa Catarina
Santa Catarina, grappling with the aftermath, has seen 62 of its 295 municipalities affected. The severity of the situation has led to the declaration of a state of emergency in 17 municipalities. The Civil Defense reported that numerous roads and towns have been cut off, complicating rescue and relief efforts. The isolation of these areas poses a significant challenge to the authorities working to provide aid and assess the full extent of the damage.
Sao Paulo: Battling Rains and Winds
The country’s most populous state, Sao Paulo, has not been spared by the inclement weather. While it escaped the heavy fatalities of its southern neighbors, the region has been battling strong winds and rains. Gusts exceeding 80 kph have resulted in fallen trees and disrupted daily life, adding to the overall toll of the weather event across the country.