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    “Brazil Floods: Toll Reaches 100 Deaths, 150,000 Displaced”


    Brazil Floods: Death Toll Reaches 100, Over 150,000 Displaced

    The state of Rio Grande do Sul in southern Brazil is grappling with a devastating natural disaster as floods continue to wreak havoc, resulting in a death toll of 100 people and displacing over 150,000 individuals. This catastrophe, considered the worst in the state’s history, has left nearly 400 municipalities severely affected, with hundreds injured, 128 individuals still missing, and a staggering 160,000 forced out of their homes.

    The civil defense force responsible for disaster relief reported the grim milestone of 100 deaths on Wednesday, underscoring the severity of the situation. Rescue operations are in full swing, with search teams working tirelessly to evacuate trapped residents in Porto Alegre, the state capital, as well as other cities and towns.

    Authorities are issuing urgent warnings against returning to affected areas due to the looming threats of landslides and health hazards. Sabrina Ribas, a spokeswoman for civil defense, highlighted the risks posed by contaminated water, which can lead to the transmission of diseases, further exacerbating the crisis.

    The National Confederation of Municipalities revealed the extensive damage caused by the unprecedented rains and floods, estimating losses at approximately 4.6 billion reais (over $900 million). Nearly 100,000 homes have been either damaged or destroyed in Rio Grande do Sul, amplifying the scale of the disaster and its impact on communities.

    Porto Alegre, a city with a population of 1.4 million, is at the epicenter of the crisis. The metropolitan area, housing more than double that number, is grappling with the aftermath of the floods as the Guaiba River, flowing through Porto Alegre, has surged to historic levels. Authorities have issued warnings about the imminent risk of dam ruptures, heightening concerns and prompting swift action to safeguard lives and property.

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