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.

ABr

Tags:

Ads

You May Also Like

Brazilian Congress Creates Committee to Deal with Indian Issues

During a joint session held last week, Brazil’s National Congress approved the creation of ...

Banco do Brasil Earns More Than Brazil’s Largest Private Bank

Brazilian state-controlled Banco do Brasil had revenues of US$ 1.8 billion in the first ...

Brazil Wins Another Round Against EU Trade Barriers

Brazil gained another victory in its war against protectionist barriers erected by the European ...

Can’t Brazil Leave the NY Times Alone?

On giving in to the temptation of again confronting the powerful New York Times, ...

A French Touch

A roar made the house shake. A blood cascade gushed over the man! The ...

And the World for All

If, to minimize the risk of leaving it in the hands of Brazilians, the ...

Brazil: The Survival of the Poorest

They came to São Paulo, Brazil, with hopes of improving their lives, of earning ...

On Advice of Counsel

1. President Lula should legalize all immigrants living in Brazil. 2. Should assist Brazilians ...

Jewish Leader Lambasts Israel’s Spokesman for Brazilian Criticism

Brazil’s Jewish community leader apologized to the administration of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff for ...

Low Inflation Seems to Have Days Counted in Brazil

Brazil's consumer prices index in August increased at its slowest pace in 11 months, ...