Deluge Stops Rio and Kills at Least 94

Rio under raindIn Rio, the rain started in the late afternoon Monday and has fallen intermittently ever since. At times it was accompanied by winds of 70 kilometers (44 miles) an hour. Authorities say there is grave danger of landslides everywhere in the city.

In less than 12 hours city got 300 mm of rain more than double the 140-mm expected rainfall for the entire month of April. Rains believed to be the worst in 44 years.

Civil Defense officials are warning that its alert code is at its highest level. The mayor and the state governor are talking about states of calamity and emergency. The mayor has asked people to stay home.

Public schools are closed and so are many stores in the center of the city. It is extremely difficult to travel around the city due to the many flood points.

Almost all of Rio de Janeiro”s neighborhoods have been negatively affected in one way or another: flooding, lack of electricity, buildings collapsing or in danger of collapsing. There are now reported to be 94 dead, and that number will certainly rise.

At 7:00 am Civil Defense and fire department spokespersons said they had registered 140 landslides and the collapse of 26 buildings.

Many urban and suburban trains are not running. The Santos Dumont airport (in the center of the city) has been closed on and off, as has the Rio-Niteroi bridge.

There are reports of landslides and deaths outside the Rio metropolitan area in Niteroi and Petropolis. Highways around Rio are also dangerous.



  • Show Comments (1)

  • Regina

    I live in Niterói.
    and get myself wonder…
    Who’s fault is that?
    People build houses at the dangerous slopes.

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