Tragedy caused by heavy rains in the metropolitan area of the city of Brazil Recife, with 91 dead and so far 26 missing persons have mobilized different forces Rescue efforts and care for survivors are carried out in the country.
This Monday, Brazil’s president, Jair Bolsonaro, flew over the affected area and announced an interest-free line of credit for the affected micro-entrepreneurs and the immediate release of federal resources for municipalities experiencing such a disaster. “We are clearly sorry and convey our condolences to our relatives,” Bolsonaro said at a press conference at a military airbase in Recife. said. with several of his ministers. The Pernambuco state (northeast) Fire Department updated the death toll to 91 this Monday and told EFE the number of missing persons has risen to 26 as many live alone and their condition is known only by their absence from their places of residence. work at the beginning of the week.
The Jardim Monte Verde neighborhood, in the municipality of Jaboatao dos Guararapes, bordering Pernambuco’s regional capital, Recife, has been the hardest hit by heavy rains that have been felt in various states in the northeast since last May 22. Brazilian region.
Since Saturday, when the situation worsened, the Army, Civil Defense, Fire Brigade, Federal Police, local and federal aid agencies and volunteers have been focusing on the scene round the clock for rescue efforts. Before Saturday, the greatest damage occurred in neighboring municipalities such as Camaragibe and the historic city of Olinda, where several houses were destroyed by landslides and flooding, five people were killed, all carried away by strong water currents.
The guess is that Rains will decrease in intensity but will continue throughout the weekIt makes it difficult to recover corpses and items that people want to remove from the wreckage and swamp, but which is prevented from being done due to the risk of new landslides. Some of the victims at Jardim Monte Verde died in a second landslide on Saturday when they returned to what was left of their home to try to retrieve documents or valuables, a source from the Forensic Medicine Institute (IML) told EFE on Monday. . . .
The international community has also expressed its solidarity with Brazil, and this Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin, for example, expressed his condolences to his Brazilian counterpart for those who lost their lives in the heavy rains. “Please accept our deepest condolences for the tragic consequences of heavy rains and flooding in your country’s northeastern provinces,” Putin said in a telegram posted on the Kremlin’s website. The President emphasized that “the pain of those who lost their loved ones as a result of the widespread disaster is shared in Russia and we hope that all victims recover as soon as possible”.
Pernambuco tragedy comes two and a half months later Heavy rain in Petrópolis to kill more than 230 people, in the mountainous region of the state of Rio de Janeiro (northeast). “We had similar problems in Petrópolis (Rio de Janeiro), south of Bahia, north of Minas Gerais and last year in Acre, unfortunately these disasters are happening in our continental part,” Bolsonaro said during his visit to Recife.