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Heavy rain leaves at least 34 dead in Brazil's Petropol...



Heavy rain leaves at least 34 dead in Brazil’s Petropolis

epaselect epa09720193 Firefighters and volunteers work in the area of a landslide caused by heavy rains, in the Jardim Paulista neighborhood of the city of Franco da Rocha, in the state of Sao Paulo, Brazil, 31 January 2022. The number of deaths caused by the heavy rainstorm that hit the state of Sao Paulo, the most populous in Brazil, rose to 21 of which nine of them are minors, official sources reported. The intense rainfall of the last weekend caused rivers to overflow, landslides and floods in several locations in Sao Paulo, which forced the evacuation of some 660 families, according to Civil Defense data. EPA-EFE/Sebastiao Moreira
By Reuters
16 Feb 2022 0

RIO DE JANEIRO, Feb 16 (Reuters) - At least 34 people died after heavy rain hit Petropolis, a city in the mountainous region of Brazil's Rio de Janeiro state, local government said on Wednesday.

City streets were flooded by downpours, while landslides also resulted in fatalities.

President Jair Bolsonaro, who is traveling to Russia, said on Twitter he had asked ministers to help the city and the victims of the storm. Rio de Janeiro’s Governor Claudio Castro went to Petropolis on Tuesday night.

“We are in Petropolis articulating all the help needed at this time,” Castro wrote on his Twitter account, adding in a video statement that he would only leave the city when the response to the disaster had been organized.

From Moscow, where he will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday, Bolsonaro said he had spoken with the Regional Development Minister Rogerio Marinho and Economy Minister Paulo Guedes to secure assistance to the city.

Since December, heavy rains have triggered deadly floods and landslides in northeast Brazil and Sao Paulo state, threatened to delay harvests in the midwest and briefly forced the suspension of mining operations in the state of Minas Gerais.

(Reporting by Rodrigo Viga Gaier; Writing by Marcela Ayres; Editing by Alex Richardson)


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