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Brazil: More than 50 dead in landslides and floods

More than 50 people have died in the storms that have been going on for days in northeastern Brazil. The Civil Defense in Pernambuco state announced today that at least 56 people have died as a result of floods and landslides. There are also 56 missing. Nearly 4,000 people are homeless after days of heavy rain.

A landslide in Jardim Monteverde municipality on the outskirts of Recife alone killed 19 people over the weekend. Pictures circulated by authorities show rescue workers and volunteers clearing rubble in the community.

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The urban area of ​​Recife has been hit by torrential rain since Tuesday. Videos posted on the Internet showed flooded streets, collapsed buildings and massive mudslides. About 1,200 rescue workers took advantage of today’s short sky clearance and resumed the helicopter search for missing and stranded victims.

Warning of more rain

But Regional Development Minister Daniel Ferreira warned of more rain in the coming days. It is therefore important for all residents of the area to adhere to the self-protection measures, the minister said after he got an idea of ​​the situation by flying over the disaster area. The meteorological service announced that until today the whole of Pernambuco was on high alert due to the dangers of floods and landslides.

Right-wing populist Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro tweeted his “solidarity with the victims of this unfortunate catastrophe”. His government will do everything in its power to “reduce the suffering”. He announced a visit to Recife tomorrow.

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