Deadly extreme weather ravages south Brazil, death toll rises to 143

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Published By : Prameya News Bureau | May 13, 2024 IST

 In what has been described as the worst extreme weather event in south Brazil's Rio Grande do Sul state

Sao Paulo, May 13: In what has been described as the worst extreme weather event in south Brazil's Rio Grande do Sul state, the death toll has tragically climbed to 143, with 125 individuals reported missing and over 600,000 evacuated, according to the Civil Defence agency.

 

Over the course of two weeks of unprecedented rainfall, which has triggered widespread flooding and devastating mudslides across the state, 446 towns have been engulfed in chaos. Survivors have been plucked from floodwaters in dramatic rescue operations, notably in the state capital Porto Alegre, where the Guaiba river overflowed, submerging over half of the city, as reported by Xinhua news agency on Sunday.

 

The incessant downpours, which commenced on April 29 and persisted until Sunday, dashed hopes of water levels receding. The number of displaced individuals surged from approximately 441,000 on Saturday to a staggering 618,550 on Sunday.

 

The National Institute of Meteorology has issued forecasts for further heavy rains through Monday in Brazil's southernmost state, which shares borders with Argentina and Uruguay.

 

Governor Eduardo Leite has estimated that nearly 19 billion reais ($3.7 billion) will be required to reconstruct Rio Grande do Sul in the aftermath of the catastrophic floods.

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