Brazil: more than 100 people die in landslides caused by heavy rains in the northwest of the country

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Authorities in Brazil’s northeastern state of Pernambuco said the death toll had risen to 106 after heavy rains affecting the city of Recife and its surroundings for several days caused landslides.

By early Tuesday afternoon, rescue authorities had found the bodies of six people who remained missing, local newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo reported.

Rescuers carry the body of a person in Recife

Machinery collects debris in Pernambuco


Authorities estimate that some 6,198 people were left homeless in the 24 municipalities in the state that declared an emergency.

Local media report that the rains have remained in the area and that more are expected for this Wednesday.

Citizens watch as workers collect debris in Pernambuco

President Jair Bolsonaro visited the area and criticized local leaders


According to meteorologists quoted by the local newspaper Folha de Pernambuco, the rains are caused by a weather phenomenon known as Eastern Waves, which stimulates the formation of rain clouds through air currents that reach Brazilian territory from Africa.

President Jair Bolsonaró flew over the areas most affected by the rains on Monday.

Two townspeople watch as workers dig


“Unfortunately, these catastrophes happen, a continental country has its problems […] Obviously, we are all sad, we express our condolences to the relatives. Our main objective is to give relief to the relatives and, through material means, serve the population,” said the president.

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