ATemporary facilities will be built in sports and cultural complexes in the cities of Porto Alegre, Canoas, São Leopoldo and Guaíba, which will be adapted to accommodate people for a longer period of time.

The installation areas in each municipality are still being evaluated together with the city halls. In Canoas, the Municipal Olympic Center (COM) is the alternative. In Porto Alegre, Porto Seco, in the North Zone. In São Leopoldo, the Events Center was indicated, and in Guaíba there is still no definition.

The plan to build solutions to provide better temporary housing conditions was presented by the regional government at a press conference.

According to the latest report released by the local Civil Defense, around 78 thousand people are homeless (housed in public shelters due to having lost their homes) and 540 homeless (living with relatives or friends) due to the rains that hit the entire state and that affected at least 2.2 million people living in 461 cities in Rio Grande do Sul.

Rio Grande do Sul estimates that, within a month, the number of people who will continue to need accommodation will be around 10 thousand and that many of them will be forced to stay longer in temporary shelters, which will be between 3 thousand and 30 thousand meters squares.

At the same press conference, the governor of Rio Grande do Sul, Eduardo Leite, announced the creation of an income transfer program called “Volta Por Cima”, which will allocate 2.5 thousand reais (450 euros) for each of 47 thousand families covered, and the creation of a Reconstruction Secretariat, which will be responsible for raising the capital necessary to execute the plan.

Local authorities are seeking to formulate a reconstruction strategy for the region after the climate tragedy that left at least 155 dead and damage exceeding 18.8 billion reais (around 3.9 billion euros) in partnership with municipalities and the Government central.

Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva had already announced an extraordinary Ministry to coordinate the reconstruction of the region, where 90% of municipalities were affected to a greater or lesser extent by torrential rains and floods, and announced several financial aid packages, including direct subsidies, loans at advantageous rates and debt forgiveness from Rio Grande do Sul.

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