In northeastern Brazil, at least 36 were killed in torrential rain

The balance sheet continues to increase beyond repair. Heavy rains that fell on Brazil several days ago in the region of Recife, the capital of Pernambuco, have killed at least 29 people. During the past twenty-four hours, The authorities of this state said, Saturday, May 28, located in the northeast of the country.

From Wednesday noon to Saturday, 34 deaths were recorded in the state.”of which 29 During the past twenty-four hoursCivil Defense said.

In Alagoas, another state in the region, two people died after they were swept away by river floods on Friday.

The most serious accident occurred in the early hours of Saturday morning, when 19 people died in a ‘Big landslide’ In Jardim Monteverde, on the border between Recife and the municipality of Japuato dos Guararapes. Six other people were killed in another landslide in Camaragipe municipality. Two died in Recife and one in Jaboatão dos Guararapes.

Five more deaths occurred during Tuesday’s storm.specifies a previous press release published by the Civil Defense on Saturday, while rain began to fall on the area on the night of Tuesday 24 to Wednesday 25 May.

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More than 1300 displaced people

Videos posted on social media show wide roads inundated with water in several municipalities, collapsed homes and landslides. More than 1,300 people lost their homes due to floods and landslides. Schools have been opened in Recife to house the homeless.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro tweeted “Condolences and solidarity with the victims of this unfortunate disaster.”. He said he decided to deploy forces from the Ministry of Defense “To assist in relief operations and provide necessary assistance to the affected families.”.

Between Friday evening and Saturday morning, precipitation reached 236 mm in parts of the capital, Pernambuco, according to the city council. This equates to more than 70 percent of the city’s May rainfall forecast. According to the Pernambuco Water and Climate Agency, the situation could worsen as rain continues for the next 24 hours in the state.

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Already hundreds of victims over the past year

Over the past year, hundreds of Brazilians have died in floods and landslides caused by torrential rains. In February, more than 230 people were killed in Petropolis, the former capital of the Empire of Brazil on the 19th.e Century in the state of Rio de Janeiro (southeast). Heavy rains turned streets into gushing rivers and caused landslides in mountain slums that washed away almost everything in their path.

And last month in the same state, 14 people have already died in floods and landslides. Authorities said the victims included a mother and her six children, who were buried alive under the landslide that swept away their home.

Since a warmer atmosphere is also wetter, global warming increases the risk and severity of floods from intense precipitation.

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Le Monde with The Associated Press and Agence France-Presse

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