At least 24 dead and 11 missing after floods and landslides due to rains in Brazil

Sao Paulo.- The strong rainy season that hits the state of Sao Paulo, the most populous in Brazil, has left at least 24 deceased, including eight children, and 660 families evacuated since last weekend, official sources reported Monday.

The intense rainfall that are falling on the region since Friday have caused river overflow, landslides, floods and partial or total road closures in various localities of São Paulo (southeast).

According to the last balance of Civil Defense, the number of disappeared rose from five to eleven, in addition to the 24 people who died and seven others who were injured.

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According to the National Center for Disaster Monitoring and Alerts, the Sao Paulo city, its metropolitan area, as well as the interior of the state, remain on alert this Monday, with a high risk of floods and landslides.

The Governor of Sao Paulo, Joao Doria, who will be a candidate in the presidential elections in October, flew over the affected areas the day before and announced the release of 15 million reais (almost 3 million dollars) to help the municipalities.

The state of São Paulo is the richest and most populous in Brazil, with about 46 million inhabitants, a population similar to that of entire countries such as Spain, Colombia or Argentina.

the eponymous capital and its metropolitan region concentrate around half of the region’s population.

ANDl strong storm It also coincides with a worsening of the coronavirus pandemic in Sao Paulo, the Brazilian state with the worst numbers, since it accounts for 4.6 million infected and nearly 160,000 deaths associated with covid-19.

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The storms They are usually common during the Brazilian austral summer, that is, between the months of December and March, although in recent years they have intensified.

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