Authorities in the northeastern Brazilian state of Pernambuco said Monday that floods had confirmed 91 deaths over the weekend, with more than two dozen people still missing. Hundreds of state and federal aid workers are searching for 26 people who are currently unaccounted for, according to the official statement.
On Monday, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro visited the affected area of Recife, the capital of Pernambuco, and neighboring Djibouti dos Guarraps. He later told reporters that the landing of the helicopter was not possible due to the wet soil.
He also noted that the country has recently experienced similar disasters in the mountains above Rio de Janeiro, the state of southern Bahia and the state of Minas Gerais.
“Unfortunately, this catastrophe happens in a continental country,” he said. We are all clearly sad. We extend our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family. Our main goal is to comfort families and to participate in the population, with material resources.
Regional Development Minister Daniel Ferreira told a news conference that the government was moving to provide funding to municipalities that had declared a state of emergency. He also highlighted a new line of credit available for cities affected by such disasters.
Climate change contributes to more heavy rainfall, experts say, and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has named the Recife metropolitan area one of the most dangerous cities in the world. The low-lying metro region is located on a delta of three rivers, with floodplains and a network of dozens of canals, and a population of about 4 million.
In March, Recife became the first Latin American city to sign up to participate in a program for climate change created through a network of local and regional governments and funded by the German development bank KfW. Insurance will be prepared against
The state’s Civil Defense Authority said in a statement that the floods had displaced 5,000 people and strengthened its alert for an even greater risk of landslides. Rain continues to fall despite low intensity.
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