Brazil floods, landslides kill at least 36 people as cities cancel Carnival  – National

Heavy rain prompted flooding and landslides which have killed 36 people in Brazil’s north Sao Paulo state, officers stated Sunday, and the fatalities might rise.

Sao Paulo state authorities stated in an announcement that 35 died within the metropolis of Sao Sebastiao and a 7-yr-outdated woman was killed in neighboring Ubatuba.

The cities of Sao Sebastiao, Ubatuba, Ilhabela and Bertioga, among the hardest hit and now beneath state of calamity, canceled their Carnival festivities as rescue groups wrestle to seek out lacking, injured and feared useless within the rubble.

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“Our rescue groups aren’t managing to get to a number of places; it’s a chaotic state of affairs,” stated Felipe Augusto, the mayor of Sao Sebastiao. Later, he added there are dozens of people lacking and that fifty homes collapsed within the metropolis as a result of landslides.

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Augusto posted on social media a number of movies of widespread destruction in his metropolis, together with certainly one of child being rescued by locals lined up on a flooded avenue.

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Brazil’s President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva stated on Twitter he’ll go to the area Monday.

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Sao Paulo state authorities stated in an announcement that precipitation within the area has surpassed 600 millimeters (23.6 inches) in at some point, one of many highest quantities ever in Brazil in such a brief interval.

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Bertioga alone had 687 millimeters throughout that interval, the state authorities stated.

Gov. Tarcisio de Freitas stated in an announcement he requested help from the military, which despatched two airplanes and rescue groups to the area.

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TV footage confirmed homes flooded with solely the roof seen. Residents are utilizing small boats to hold objects and people to increased positions. A highway that connects Rio de Janeiro to the port metropolis of Santos was blocked by landslides and floodwaters.

The northern coast of Sao Paulo state is a frequent Carnival vacation spot for rich vacationers preferring to avoid huge avenue events in huge cities.

Performers from the Salgueiro samba college parade on a float throughout Carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, Feb. 20, 2023.

AP Photograph/Silvia Izquierdo

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