First electoral success for Labor in Great Britain

First electoral success for Labor in Great Britain
First electoral success for Labor in Great Britain

The death toll from the torrential rains that have hit southern Brazil in recent days, with their procession of floods and landslides, reached at least 29 deaths on Thursday. 60 people are still missing.

Across the state of Rio Grande do Sul, to which President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva promised government aid, there are Dantesque scenes: gigantic mudslides, houses and cars drowned as far as the eye can see, evacuations of residents and animals carried out in extremely risky conditions by emergency services.

For Governor Eduardo Leite, this is the “worst climatic disaster” ever seen in this border state with Uruguay and Argentina.

“I want to deeply deplore all the lives lost. There are 29 deaths currently recorded, and with the deepest pain I know that there will be more,” he said at the end of the day, also announcing 60 missing.

The previous report showed 13 dead and 21 missing. Thirty-six injuries were recorded.

“Never seen anything like this”

“I’ve never seen anything like this. Everything is underwater and it’s going to get even worse. It’s impossible to sleep, we don’t know how much the water level will continue to rise.” , told AFP Raul Metzel, 52, resident of the town of Capela de Santana.

Aerial views taken by AFPTV show entire sectors of this locality invaded by the waves, from which only the roofs of houses emerge.

On Wednesday evening, a “state of public calamity” was declared in Rio Grande do Sul, which has been affected for several days by devastating storms and storms.

Lula promises “means”

Lula, who met the governor on Thursday in Santa Maria, one of the most affected cities, promised that Rio Grande do Sul “will not lack the means” human or material to deal with this tragedy. More than 600 soldiers were to be sent as reinforcements for relief operations and the distribution of food to the victims.

Accompanied in particular by the Minister of the Environment Marina Silva, the Head of State assured that the federal government was mobilized “100%” to “mitigate the suffering due to this extreme natural event”.

The floods are concentrated in the central region of Rio Grande do Sul, where 154 localities have been hit. According to the latest report from Civil Defense, more than 10,000 people had to leave their homes, some 4,600 of whom were taken into accommodation.

Many roads are inaccessible and water and electricity supplies are compromised for hundreds of thousands of people, according to local authorities. Cities are completely isolated, without internet or mobile phone signal.

This article was automatically published. Sources: ats / blg / afp

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