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Deadly Flooding in Rio de Janeiro State, 100 killed

Posted by feww on April 7, 2010

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State of Emergency in Rio

Heavy rains and flash floods left at least 100 people dead in the Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil

The most torrential rain in Rio’s history trigger flash floods and landslides that bury many homes.


Landslide destroys scores of homes and damages many others in the Morro dos Prazeres area of the Santa Teresa neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro, Tuesday, April 6, 2010. Torrential rains in Rio de Janeiro have triggered landslides killing at least 100 people as rising water paralyzed traffic and forced schools and business to stay closed. Photo: AP. Image may be subject to copyright.

A state of emergency was declared in Rio after about 30cm (12 in) of rain fell in less than 24 hours.  Many of Rio’s hillside shanty towns houses have been buried by large mudslides.

A very large area of Rio has been flooded, Rio”s mayor was reported as saying. The banks of  Rio lagoon overflowed swamping streets, parks, playgrounds and large swaths of land.

“The situation is chaos. All the major streets of the city are closed because of the floods. Each and every person who attempts to enter them will be at enormous risk,”  Mayor Eduardo da Costa Paes said in a televised statement, warning people not to leave their home.

Meanwhile, Brazil’s President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, and the state governor Sergio Cabralon, have urged residents to evacuate their homes if they are at risk of flooding, another report said.

“Television coverage showed people abandoning cars along flooded highways and seeking to escape up stairs to overpasses or along railroad tracks. In some areas, water was cascading down hillsides. Buses were stopped on underpasses, with water reaching almost above their tires. Some people waved from rooftops in parts of Rio’s slums, where roads had filled with mud, burying cars and stranding residents.” Said a report.


Firefighters fight their way through move debris to reach an injured man after a landslide in the Morro dos Prazeres area of the Santa Teresa neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro killed scores of people, Tuesday, April 6, 2010.  Photo: AP. Image may be subject to copyright.

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2 Responses to “Deadly Flooding in Rio de Janeiro State, 100 killed”

  1. […] Deadly Flooding in Rio de Janeiro State, 100 killed […]

  2. feww said

    UPDATE

    Death toll: revised up to at least 110 people dead.

    Officials warn many people are still missing, which could mean more deaths.

    About 10,000 houses remain at high risk from landslides.

    Rain is forecast to continue, though with slightly less intensity than the past few days.

    Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes said 4,000 families had been made homeless, mostly in the slum areas of Rio where about a fifth to a quarter of Rio’s population reside.

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