Floods in southern Brazil: the country faces its most serious “climate disaster” – LINFO.re

Floods in southern Brazil: the country faces its most serious “climate disaster” – LINFO.re
Floods in southern Brazil: the country faces its most serious “climate disaster” – LINFO.re

Floods in the southern Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul have so far killed eighty-five people, with around a hundred missing and 150,000 displaced, according to a provisional report. …

“A war zone”

Eduardo Leite, the governor of the state of Rio Grande do Sul, described the floods underway in this region of southern Brazil as being “a war zone”, “the worst climate disaster in its history”. THE floods engulfed entire towns, affecting 385 localities. In some places, only the roofs of houses emerge from the water, reports in particular RTL. In Porto Alegre, the capital of the region, the Guaiba River reached a level of 5.30 meters on Sunday, May 5, surpassing its previous record of 4.76 meters which dates back to 1941. The provisional assessment of the floods reports 85 deaths and around a hundred people missing.

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One of the main agricultural states of Brazil

Around 150,000 residents were forced to leave their homes, including hospitalized patients and detainees, to be housed in emergency centers. Losses of livestock and crops must also be taken into account. Rio Grande do Sul is one of Brazil’s major agricultural states, with the fifth largest gross domestic product (GDP) in Latin America. The region is known for its rice, wheat, soybean and corn crops.

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