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Flooding Destroys Thousands of Homes in Acre, Brazil

Posted by feww on February 28, 2012

Thousands of homes destroyed, 1 in 5 people affected by flooding in Acre, Brazil

Major flooding in  Brazilian state of Acre (located SW of the Northern Region) has destroyed thousands of homes killing at least one person, and forcing a fifth of the state’s population of about 740,000  to relocate, officials said.

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  • Acre, Brazil.  Major flooding in Brazil’s state of Acre has affected about a fifth of the population, destroying thousands of homes and devastating infrastructure.
    • Flooding, caused by an abnormally intense rainy season, began more than a week ago in the Amazon basin.
    • The Acre River has burst its banks causing unprecedented flooding in Bolivia’s northern province of Pando, which borders Brazil, leaving the provincial capital, Cobija, completely inundated and obliterating dozens of villages, killing at a least a dozen people.
    • At least 45 suburbs of Rio Branco, capital of Acre, were submerged under floodwater, with more than 15,000 homes inundated by last week.
    • The Acre River has risen by about 18 meters above its normal levels, reports said.

Other Global Disasters

  • Yunnan province, China.  Worsening drought and low rainfall in the last three years have dried up 273 rivers and 413 small reservoirs in Yunnan province, China, a report said.
    • More than 6.31 million people in 91 counties of Yunnan province in SW China have been affected by a persistent drought, with at least 3.1 million people and 1.55 million livestock short of drinking water, according to provincial civil affairs authorities.
    • … more than 2 million mu (133,333 hectares) of forests and 8.2 million mu of corps having been affected.
    • Severe drought is also posing fire risks in forest areas of SW China.

    • Some 47 percent of Yunnan province (24.7 million ha) is forested.
    • Yunnan is China’s No. 2 forested province.
    • “From Jan. 1 to Feb. 16, Yunnan saw 100 cases of forest fires. Of the total, six were serious or catastrophic forest fires, a spokesman with the Yunnan forest public security bureau said.”
  • Sichuan Province, China.  Alarm bells should also be ringing in Sichuan province, SW China, as drought intensifies.


Most disturbing image of the day: A well or a mass grave?  Original caption: “Villagers wait for relief water next to a well, dug during a persistent drought in hopes of storing rainwater, at Yizi Vilage in the Renhe District of Panzhihua, southwest China’s Sichuan Province, Feb. 22, 2012. The drought, striking the area since last year as a result of insufficient rainfall, has threatened the locals’ with limited access to drinking water. Measures are now being taken to relieve the pressures of water supply.” (Xinhua/Hai Mingwei). Image may be subject to copyright.

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Apocalyptic Floods in NE Brazil Kill Dozens, Hundreds Missing

Posted by feww on June 22, 2010

Not Even Halfway through the Year!

Apocalyptic floods, massive  landslides in NE Brazil kill at least 31 people, with hundreds more missing and leave tens of thousands homeless

At least 31 people are dead and more than 1,000 others are missing after 3 days of  heavy rain in north-eastern Brazil triggered deadly floods, and caused massive landslides, reports quoting officials say.

The town of Quebrangulo in the state of Alagoas is almost entirely submerged, forcing tens of thousands of panic-stricken residents to flee to higher ground, as up to 2,000 km of roads are washed away, hampering rescue efforts and delivery of aid.

Images of the Day:


Images are framegrabs from an AP news video posted on Youtube.

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Rio Disaster Update

Posted by feww on April 9, 2010

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Rescue teams use heavy machinery to dig for bodies and survivors

The worst rains in Rio’s history have triggered about 200 mudslides since Monday destroying homes in hillside community slums, killing as many as 200 people, injuring hundreds more, and leaving thousands without shelter.

The latest significant mudslide swept away at least 50 houses in the Bumba Hill slum,  in the city of Niteroi, across a bay from Rio de Janeiro, a report said.


A aerial view of Morro do Bumba area after a landslide at Vicoso Jardim neighborhood in Niteroi, 15 miles (24 km) away from downtown Rio de Janeiro, April 8, 2010. Credit: REUTERS/Sergio Moraes. Image may be subject to copyright.  For more images see links below.

Disaster Summary:

  • Historic torrential rains began on Monday, flooding many areas of Rio and throughout the Rio de Janeiro state, triggering deadly mudslides.
  • Up to 200 mudslides have wreaked devastation throughout the state.
  • As many as 5,000 homes/shacks mostly in Rio’s slum areas may have been destroyed.
  • About 200 people are reported dead.
  • Hundreds more are injured.
  • As many as 200 are believed to be buried under mountains of mud.
  • About 25,000 people are left without shelter.
  • More than 10,000 structures are at risk of collapse.
  • Niteroi is believed to be the worst affected area with up to 120 people killed by the mud avalanches.
  • At least 60 have been killed in Rio.

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Death Toll in Rio Landslides Rises

Posted by feww on April 8, 2010

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More than 180 mudslides kill at least 154 people, injure hundreds more and leave 260 missing

Days of relentless torrential rain, the worst in Rio de Janeiro’s history, continue to wreak havoc across the Brazilian state.


Cars are floating on a flooded street in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo: Reuters. Image may be subject to copyright.

Many of  residents and rescuers are frantically looking for victims buried in mud as a large landslide in Niteroi, across a bay from Rio, destroyed dozens of homes.

Flooding had caused transportation chaos across Rio on Tuesday, but the city slowly returned to normal on Wednesday. However, despite the forecast, the rain did not ease and a heavy downpour created more misery for the denizens.  Forecasters have now warned the torrential rain will continue.

As of posting, at least 4,000 families have lost their homes, more than 10,000 structure are at risk of collapse.

FEWW Moderators expect this pattern to reoccur throughout South and North America, as well as in Europe and SE Asia this summer.

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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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