6,650 people were displaced by rain and landslides in Brazil
6,650 people were displaced by rain and landslides in Brazil

Officials in Brazil’s northeastern Pernambuco state said Wednesday that 107 people have died as a result of heavy rains over the past week. Eleven people are still missing. Rains have displaced an estimated 6,650 people. Several houses have been buried by floods and landslides.

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Recife, the state capital, and the surrounding areas were hit hardest by the deaths. Floods in May 1966 killed 175 people, becoming history’s second-worst tragedy.

Brazil’s military and firefighters are using trained dogs to search for the bodies of the missing. There is a state of emergency in 24 municipalities of Pernambuco and the federal government has announced that approximately US$200 million will be set aside for reconstruction.

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Due to the heavy rain on Tuesday, the rescue operation had to be intermittent. The government of Brazil announced on Monday that it will allocate 1 billion reals (approximately 210 million US dollars) for the recovery of the affected areas.

As a result of the rain, more than 18,000 people were evacuated in Sergipe, Paraiba, Rio Grande do Norte, and Alagoas.

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