Saturday, September 10, 2011

3 killed, thousands evacuated after heavy Rains Drench Southern Brazil in Record Flooding - 10th Sept 2011

Torrential rains that caused record flooding in southern Brazil reportedly killed three people and force more than 63,000 residents to evacuate their homes, officials said Friday.

Three days of continuous downpours have had a severe impact in southern Santa Catarina state, with authorities declaring 32 cities in a state of emergency, and two -- Brusque and Rio do Sul in a state of public calamity.

Some towns were almost entirely under water as the Itajai-Acu river rose to record levels.

The Civil Defense agency said the flooding had affected nearly 790,000 people in 60 municipalities, and warned of a risk of landslides after rains left the ground waterlogged.

At 2100 GMT Friday Santa Catarina state Civil Defense officials said that at least one person had died. Local news reports however said that three people had been killed.

Due to the emergency classes were suspended in the cities of Blumenau, Gaspar, Itajai and Rio do Sul. Some of the schools were turned into temporary shelters.
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