Brazil flood death toll rises to 106, 10 still missing

At least 106 people have died and 10 are still missing in Brazil, the government announced on Tuesday, as heavy rains battered cities in the country’s northeast for a sixth consecutive day.

The governor of Pernambuco state in the northeast of the country, Paulo Camara, said in an interview with local media that the priority of the government was to find those still missing amid landslides and floods. majors.

“We won’t stop until we find all the missing. That’s a fundamental point at the moment,” Camara said.

The National Civil Defense said on Twitter that an alert was in place for the “very high” possibility of further flooding in Pernambuco, including its capital, Recife.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro visited the state on Tuesday and flew over the affected areas. He promised to send aid and resources to families who had been affected.

It is the fourth major flood in five months, underscoring a lack of urban planning in low-income neighborhoods across much of Brazil, where slums are often built on hillsides prone to collapse.

In late December and early January, dozens of people were killed and tens of thousands displaced when rains hit Bahia state, also in northeast Brazil. At least 18 more people died in floods in southeastern Sao Paulo state later in January, while torrential downpours in Rio de Janeiro state killed more than 230 people the following month.


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