Heavy rains have caused floods and landslides in Brazil’s southeast coast, killing 36 people and displacing hundreds. The federal government has asked several ministries to work proactively to restore infrastructure and begin reconstruction work to assist the victims.
Sao Paulo has declared a 180-day state of emergency in six cities after the dangerous weather event. According to the Meteorological Department, there is a possibility of heavy rains in the coastal area of Sao Paulo, due to which the rescue teams of the Fire Department and Civil Defense may have to face difficulties in the relief work. The death toll may increase.
Relief and rescue workers continue to search for victims and work to reconnect isolated communities, reopen blocked and closed roads. Simultaneously, due to the ongoing Carnival celebrations in Brazil, other parts of the country are trying to evacuate an uncertain number of stranded tourists.