A Civil Defense of the state of Rio Grande do Sul, the most affected by the storms, reported that 107 people died in events related to the heavy rains and that it is still investigating another death. Authorities in the state of Santa Catarina have confirmed one death.

According to authorities in Rio Grande do Sul, there are 136 people missing and 374 people injured due to the floods that directly affect around 1.5 million people and more than 80% of the state’s territory.

More than 67 thousand people are in shelters created to accommodate the population removed from flooded and at-risk areas and there are still 164,583 homeless people.

In 425 of the 497 municipalities in Rio Grande do Sul there are records of problems related to the biggest climate disaster that occurred in this Brazilian state.

Hundreds of police officers, firefighters, soldiers and volunteers continue to work hard to rescue people who are still isolated due to high water levels and who are beginning to suffer from a lack of food.

More rain in the last few hours forced the suspension of rescue work in Porto Alegre, the regional capital of Rio Grande do Sul, where there are still completely flooded neighborhoods and the main airport will be closed at least until the end of this month.

The strong storm began on Monday last week and continued over the following days, causing extensive damage to roads, bridges, homes and leaving a large part of the population of Rio Grande do Sul without electricity or drinking water.

With 11 million inhabitants, Rio Grande do Sul has been greatly affected by climate change. After suffering problems with a severe drought due to the La Niña phenomenon, last year the region began to be affected by El Niño and recorded, in less than 12 months, four climate disasters caused by extra tropical cyclones and storms.

In 2023, three events occurred, in June, September and November, causing 75 deaths in this Brazilian state.

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Source: https://www.noticiasaominuto.com/mundo/2557211/inundacoes-no-sul-do-brasil-ja-fizeram-108-mortos

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