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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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2010: The Year of Disasters

Posted by feww on January 2, 2010

2010 Likely the Most Disastrous Year on Record: FEWW

A Disaster a Day Image: Brazil Mudslides – January 1, 2010

Flooding and Mudslides left up to 50 people dead in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro state on Friday. The authorities expect the  death toll to rise as more heavy rains are forecast.

DAY One: Mudslides in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro state


An aerial view of Pousada Sankay hotel buried by a mudslide in Angra dos Reis, Rio de Janeiro state January 1, 2010. Credit: REUTERS/Bruno Domingos. Image may be subject to copyright.

The exclusive Sankay hotel and surrounding homes collapsed under a mountain of mud in the beach resort of Angra dos Reis, one of Brazil’s most sought-after tourism destinations, Reuters reported the Rio de Janeiro state’s civil defense as saying.

Of the 40 registered guests and the many hotel employees, only 22 bodies were recovered, as of posting.

Heavy rains triggered floods and mudslides on Thursday leaving about  20 people dead mostly in poor areas across Rio state, Brazil’s 3rd most populous region.

FEWW Forecast: In line with its concept of a Shrinking World, and based on FEWW EarthModel and EDRO Energy Models simulations, Fire-Earth Moderators believe at least one disaster could strike somewhere on the planet each day, throughout 2010. The outlook for 2011 and beyond …

FEWW Definition of Disaster:
Adopted from CRED, Fire-Earth considers an event a disaster if fits at least one of the following criteria:

  • At least 10 people were killed.
  • The event affected 100 or more people.
  • A state of emergency was declared.
  • A disaster was declared.
  • Federal or international assistance was requested.

UNISDR definition of disaster:
A serious disruption of the functioning of a community or a society causing widespread human, material, economic or environmental losses which exceed the ability of the affected community or society to cope using its own resources.

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