North/Northeast gets flooded

O Globo is saying upwards of 180,000 people have had to leave their homes in 190 Northern and Northeastern municipalities throughout 8 different states. The situation is somewhat reminiscent of the downpours in Santa Catarina late last year.

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“Tens of thousands have been left homeless by the flooding and mudslides, the worst in more than 20 years. Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is due to visit some of the worst affected areas later in the day. Brazil’s normally arid north-east has been battered by a month of rains.

The governor of one of the hardest-hit states, Piaui, has declared an emergency in 19 towns and cities and asked for military assistance to help those stranded by the flooding. In the state of Maranhao, six people have been killed and two are missing, while several major roads have been flooded, civil defence officials say. Torrential downpours have also caused rivers to break their banks in the Amazon region. Forecasters say heavy rains are expected to continue in the north and north-east of Brazil until the middle of the month.” – Source (and video)

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