Authorities in the eastern Brazilian state of Pernambuco, increased to 106 people deceased due to torrential rains hitting the area four days ago, leaving at least ten casualties. “We will not stop until we find all the missing. We are at a very important point right now,” said Pernambuco Governor Paulo Camara.
The National Civil Defense reported on its Twitter account that there was a “very loud” warning for further flooding in Pernambuco, including its capital Recife. Rescuers resumed operations on Tuesday after being forced to suspend operations the previous day due to a re-registered storm in the area.
Severe weather has left more than 6,100 people homelessAt least 14 cities have declared a state of emergency, according to Brazilian news portal G1. The main affected areas are Vila dos Milagres west of Recife; IV treated in Jaboatao; Areeiro is in Camaragibe and Jardim Monte Verde is on the border between Recife and Jaboatao. At this last point, more than 20 deaths have been confirmed to date.
Camara announced on Monday that as part of the state of emergency, authorities will allocate 100 million reais (19.6 million euros) for rescue and recovery work and infrastructure construction damaged by the rains. “We know the first few hours are very difficult (…) I’ve talked to all the mayors so they can come up with a work plan so they know what support actions they will need from the state,” he said. camara
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro flew over the affected area on Monday and took the opportunity to criticize the Camara for not consulting him on the response to these heavy rains.