August 17, 2022

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Heavy rain leaves 31 dead and 277 Brazilian municipalities in Bahia and Minas Gerais in state of emergency | News

The authorities of the Brazilian states of Bahia and Minas Gerais reported, Sunday, that heavy rains that hit the region have killed 31 people, in addition to causing an emergency in 277 municipalities in the region.

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Information provided by the municipal councils jointly with the Supervisory Authority for Civil Defense and Protection of Bahia (Sudec), details that there were 25 deaths in Bahia, 517 injured and 661,508 victims. In addition, 32,594 people have been identified as losing their homes to floods or landslides; And 57,451 others were displaced.

In that area, at least 163 cities are affected by the storms, of which 151 are in a state of emergency, as part of a precipitation wave that the state government deemed the worst in December since 1989.

Hence, the alert is still in effect and the lands of Tocantins, Goiás and more than a hundred municipalities in the north of Minas Gerais, such as Mato Verde, Rio Pardo de Minas and Porterina, are monitored in detail by the Civil Defense before the danger of the river overtakes.

In the state of Minas Gerais in particular, the Civil Defense reported in its latest bulletin that there were six dead, 3,114 homeless and 13,117 displaced. In addition, 124 cities were severely affected by the recent storms, most of them in the north of the state, and were resolved in an emergency situation.

This scenario extended to the state of São Paulo, which was also alert to the threat of heavy rain. The state government has announced that a task force will work to reduce the impact of the storms.

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There are more than 12,000 professionals from the state’s fire brigade and civil defense mobilized to work in all areas of São Paulo.

Araçatuba, Baixada Santista, Barretos, Campinas, Franca, Ribeirão Preto, Sao José do Rio Preto, Sorocaba, Vale do Paraíba, the North Coast and the metropolitan area are of particular interest, with forecasts of up to 120 mm of rain per day.

In Araraquara, Bauru, Itapeva, Marília, Presidente Prudente and Vale do Ribeira, weather forecast for a daily volume of up to 90 mm.

This situation, according to experts, is associated with an atmospheric phenomenon known as the South Atlantic Convergence Zone (ZCAS).

Brazil’s National Institute of Meteorology (Inmet) described this event as a moisture corridor stretching from the northeast to the south Atlantic.