Brazil: Flood toll rises to 143 dead

Brazil: Flood toll rises to 143 dead
Brazil: Flood toll rises to 143 dead

Recent rains and floods that affected Brazil have claimed the lives of 143 people, local officials said Saturday.

The toll of unprecedented precipitation and flooding in the south of the Brazilian territory is only increasing, while intense rains are still expected in the days to come. “A lot of people see the rain and are traumatized. We see that people are afraid,” Enio Posti, a firefighter from Porto Alegre, the capital of the heavily flooded state of Rio Grande do Sul, told the press.

Heavy rainfall in early May in this Brazilian region led to the overflowing of rivers, affecting around two million people and leaving 143 dead and more than 800 injured, according to the latest assessment drawn up by Civil Defense on Saturday in the evening.

In addition, 125 people remain missing, while more than 537,000 others were forced to abandon their homes because of this natural disaster. UN specialists and the Brazilian government link these floods to global warming and the El Nino phenomenon.

Nearly 81,000 people found refuge in shelters opened by the authorities, while the floods damaged or destroyed more than 92,000 homes, according to the National Confederation of Municipalities.

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