Heavy rains in northeastern Brazil: at least 79 dead, 56 missing

Heavy rains that have triggered floods and mudslides since Tuesday in the northeastern Brazilian region of Recife have left at least 79 dead and 56 missing, according to the latest official report published on Sunday.

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“As of 6 pm on Sunday, the death toll from the rains has reached 79,” the civil defense of Pernambuco state said in a statement, and 56 were also reported missing.

During the lull, about 1,200 men, with helicopters and boats, resumed the search for the missing and isolated on Sunday.

The storm caused landslides on the hillsides, rivers overflowed, and great torrents of mud swept away everything in its path.

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Footage released by local authorities on Sunday showed rescuers and volunteers clearing rubble in Jardim Monteverde, on the border between Recife and the municipality of Japuato dos Guararapes.

And in this slum area, the biggest tragedy occurred on Saturday morning, when a landslide killed 19 people.

Eleven of those killed in this landslide were relatives of Louise Estevao Aguiar, whom TV Globo interrogated in tears.

“My sister died, my brother-in-law died, 11 people of my family died, it was difficult. It was very difficult. I did not expect this,” said the old man who lives in another town.

And behind him, a human chain of people, their feet sunk in the mud, passed over buckets of debris rolling down the hill.

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Authorities warned on Saturday that heavy rain was expected for Sunday, but the storm finally subsided in the morning.

Between Friday evening and Saturday morning, precipitation amounted to 70% of what would normally be expected for the entire month of May in parts of Pernambuco.

“Although the rains have stopped, we are expecting heavy rain in the next few days. The first thing to do is to maintain self-protection measures,” said Minister for Regional Development Daniel Ferreira, who flew over the disaster area with other Brazilian officials.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said he will visit Recife on Monday.

Meteorologist Estael Sias, of MetSul, explained to AFP that the heavy rains that hit Pernambuco and, to a lesser extent, four other states in the north-east of the country are the result of a phenomenon typical of this time of the year. Eastern Waves. She said these are areas of “air disturbance” moving from the African continent to the Brazilian coastal region.

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“In other parts of the Atlantic, this instability forms hurricanes, but in northeastern Brazil, it will likely produce a lot of rain including thunderstorms,” ​​he explained.

Pictures from the weekend recall the tragedy that occurred in February in Petropolis, in the (southeast) state of Rio de Janeiro, in which 233 people were killed during torrential rains and mudslides.

According to experts, this kind of tragedy can also be explained by the terrain and the presence of large slums, where most of the housing was built illegally in steep areas.

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