Brazil is devastated by its worst cyclone disaster. At least 27 people have been killed in southern Brazil due to the torrential rainfall and high winds from a cyclone, and additional flooding is likely.
The governor of Rio Grande do Sul stated that it was the worst natural disaster the state has ever experienced. According to the officials, thousands of people have been forcibly evicted from their houses.
According to reports from the local media, hundreds of people had to be saved from their rooftops in the town of Mucum, which has a population of about 5,000 people. Federal government assistance is offered, as stated by President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva of Brazil.
“The federal government will be there wherever there is a problem to save people from these problems,” he added. “Wherever there is a problem, the federal government will be there.”
At a press conference on Tuesday, the governor of Rio Grande do Sul, Eduardo Leite, reported that 15 additional remains had been discovered in Mucum, bringing the total number of deaths discovered to 21.
The state was pounded with rainfall of more than 300 millimeters (11 inches) in less than 24 hours, which officials say caused flooding and landslides.
“There are still people missing,” Mayor Mateus Trojan of Mucum told Radio Gaucha. “There are still people missing.”
“The number of fatalities could rise even further. The town of Mucum, in its former form, no longer exists.
Rescue personnel have been employing helicopters to reach places blocked off by flooding. A little farther to the north, resident Dirce Reginatto claimed she was “devastated” by the news in Nova Bassano.
“There are many people who lost much more, but here at home, I have nothing left,” she told the news agency Reuters. “There are many people who lost much more.”
The firefighters saved a woman named Luana Da Luz from Passo Fundo.
“We saw it [water] was going to fill everything since dawn,” she added. “We saw it was going to fill everything.” “We were already putting things on top of the table and the top of the wood stove, but it didn’t help.”
Many factors contribute to floods, but one that makes excessive rainfall more likely is a warming environment induced by climate change.
Temperatures have already increased by approximately 1.2 degrees Celsius since the beginning of the industrial age, and they will continue to rise unless governments worldwide make significant emissions reductions.
In February, 40 people were killed in flooding and landslides in So Paulo, Brazil. Whereas the previous year, at least one hundred people were killed when heavy rain created landslides and rivers of mud in the city of Recife, which is located in the north-eastern part of the country.