Thousands Take Refuge Due to Severe Floods in Brazil

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Destruction from floods and landslides continued Wednesday in Minas Gerais, Brazil, after heavy rains earlier this year.

Aerial footage of the situation showed widespread flooding and damage in cities such as Governor Valadares and Ponte Nova.

Landslides have killed at least 24 people in recent days, while the state’s civil defense authority declared 145 urban areas a state of emergency due to flooding. At least 17,000 people had to leave their homes.

Water flows over the Carioca dam after heavy rains in Para de Minas, Minas Gerais state, Brazil, January 11, 2022. Image captured by drone. (Reuters/Leonardo B.)

The Brazilian meteorological agency said parts of Minas Gerais saw more than 40 centimeters of rain in the first 10 days of 2022.

That’s less than half the amount of precipitation recorded in January 2020, the record rainfall in a single month.

The National Mining Agency said Tuesday it is monitoring 42 dams that could collapse, three of which are considered high risk. [uh/ab]

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