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More than 120 dead due to torrential rains that hit Brazil

Emergency services try to search for survivors. / AFP

Heavy rainfall in the state of Pernambuco has caused landslides and the collapse of houses in Recife and several neighboring municipalities


The authorities of the state of Pernambuco, in eastern Brazil, have raised this Wednesday to 120 people who died due to the torrential rains that have hit the area for five days and have left at least four missing.

The inclement weather has left 7,312 people homeless, and at least 14 cities have declared a state of emergency, according to the Brazilian news portal G1.

“We will not stop until we find all the disappeared. We are at a crucial point right now,” Pernambuco Governor Paulo Camara stressed on Tuesday.

For its part, the National Civil Defense reported on its Twitter account that there is a “very high” alert for more flooding in Pernambuco, including its capital, Recife.

The rescue services resumed their activity on Tuesday after the previous day they had to suspend operations due to the storm that re-registered in the area.

The main affected areas are Vila dos Milagres, in the west of Recife; Cured IV, in Jaboatao; Areeiro, in Camaragibe, and Jardim Monte Verde, on the border between Recife and Jaboatao.

Emergency services try to search for survivors.

Camara explained on Monday that, within the framework of the state of emergency, the authorities will allocate some 100 million reais (19.6 million euros) to pay for rescue and recovery work, as well as for the construction of infrastructure damaged by the rains.

“We know that the first few hours are very difficult (…) I have spoken with all the mayors so that they draw up a work plan to know what support actions from the state they are going to need,” explained Camara.

The president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, flew over the affected area on Monday and took the opportunity to criticize Camara for not having consulted him on the response to these heavy rains.

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