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Death toll from floods in southern Brazil reaches 158

The trail of destruction left by the rains has affected 497 municipalities of Rio Grande do Sul and the number of victims is growing.

The Brazilian authorities raised to 158 the number of people who have lost their lives in the serious floods that have hit the southern region of the country for two weeks, according to the latest toll of victims released this Sunday.

According to the Civil Defense, rescue teams identified two bodies in the last 24 hours in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, the state hardest hit by the climate disaster, which has left a trail of unprecedented destruction in that area of ​​the country. .

All the deaths have been registered in Rio Grande do Sul, except for one found in the neighboring state of Santa Catarina, also affected by the storm, although to a lesser extent.

The number of missing people dropped to 88, six less than on Saturday.

Floods, torrential rains and landslides have wreaked havoc in 463 of the 497 municipalities of Rio Grande do Sul, an important agricultural and industrial region with a population of 11,3 million inhabitants, 6% of the country's total.

The catastrophe has caused 2,3 million victims in this region bordering Uruguay and Argentina, of which some 620.000 have had to leave their homes and go to temporary shelters or the homes of relatives or friends.

Since the beginning of the disaster, Brazilian authorities, with nearly 30.000 agents in the field, have rescued 82.666 people and 12.215 animals.

Two weeks later, rescues of people surrounded by water are still being carried out, there are thousands of points without electricity and nearly fifty roads are totally or partially closed, according to the Civil Defense.

Porto Alegre, the regional capital, continues to have some flooded neighborhoods and its international airport will be out of service until at least September, although in recent days the situation has improved, since the level of the river that bathes the city has begun to drop. .

Given this scenario, the National Civil Aviation Agency (Anac, regulator) released commercial flights at the Canoas air base, located about 14 kilometers from Porto Alegre and which was traditionally used only by the Armed Forces.

Weather forecasts, however, show more rain in Rio Grande do Sul for next week, which may hinder the lowering of river levels, rescues and reconstruction work in this prosperous Brazilian state.


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