Number fatal victims Caused by a non-tropical hurricane affecting southern Brazil since last weekend The number has increased to 42, 25 people are still missingAccording to the latest official bulletin released this Thursday. The hardest hit area was Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil’s southernmost state, with 41 deaths; this number was five more than the previous day; the other death was recorded in the neighboring Santa Catarina area.
In Rio Grande do Sul, 10,551 people were displaced from their homes in 83 municipalities affected by floods that infested homes and destroyed many bridges. Muçum Municipality, where 15 people died and 9 people were missing due to the rise of the Taquari River, which flooded the region, was the most affected district. According to the latest Civil Defense balance sheet, 8 people were reported missing in the municipality of Arroio do Meio, and 8 more in Lajeado. At least 16 highways have been partially or completely cut off in the region due to flooding and bridge damage, while many towns are closed to traffic.
Same way, Brazilian Navy reports cooperating on rescue missions Citizens who climbed onto the roofs of their houses to escape the flood were stranded.
To deal with this situation, the regional government declared a state of disaster this Thursday. Worst natural disaster in the history of the state. Civil Defense has issued a new alert for storms, heavy rain, electrical discharges, flooding and possible hail and strong winds in Rio Grande do Sul this Friday due to the passage of a new cold front.
In June, Rio Grande do Sul was already hit by a hurricane that killed 16 people, which up to then was the worst of its kind in the state’s history.
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