The deaths caused by the devastating floods in southern Brazil rose to 57, a figure that has not stopped growing for four days, according to a report released by the authorities on May 4.

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Rio Grande do Sul, a state bordering Argentina and Uruguay, is the most affected with 56 deaths, while another death was recorded in the neighboring state of Santa Catarina.

Added to this are 67 missing people and tens of thousands of evicted people.of which 8,296 are in public shelters and 24,666 in the homes of family and friends in Rio Grande do Sul.

More than 8,000 people, some of them perched on the roofs of their houses, had to be rescued by helicopter or boat in which it is considered by the authorities to be the worst natural disaster in the history of the region.

The airport in Porto Alegre, the regional capital, had to close on Friday night for an indefinite period, leaving hundreds of passengers unable to take their flights or leave the facilities due to road blockages.

Porto Alegre, with a population of 1.3 million inhabitants, is experiencing an unprecedented situation, with several streets in its historic center flooded after the Guaíba River that passes through the city rose to levels never seen before.

Additionally, three water treatment stations were not operating this morning, prompting the city council to warn that More than thirty neighborhoods may have supply problems.

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The rains still do not let up and the National Institute of Meteorology issued a red alert on Friday due to the probability of major flooding in the region of the upper Uruguay riverbed, on the border with the Argentine province of Misiones.

Rain volumes greater than 60 millimeters are expected until noon on Saturday and may reach a maximum of 100 millimeters in some parts of the Uruguay Valley.

In the last year, southern Brazil has suffered a series of extreme weather events associated with the El Niño phenomenon, which causes an increase in precipitation in this part of the country.


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