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3 Dead, 25,000 Evacuated in Brazil Due to Heavy Rain

Thu 25 Jan 2024 | 03:30 PM
Israa Farhan

At least three people have lost their lives due to heavy rainfall in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, according to local media reports, as stated by the Brazilian news agency.

Local authorities reported that two individuals lost their lives after a house collapsed in the town of Guaratiba in the western region, while a third person became a victim of a landslide in the Rosinha community in the southern region.

The Mayor of the city, Marcelo Crivella, also mentioned that in the southern region, on Vidigal Hill, two buses were trapped under mud and trees. He noted that two passengers were in one of the vehicles, but rescue teams were unable to reach them.

These buses were on Avenida Niemeyer, the road that connects Leblon to São Conrado. Major traffic routes have been completely closed due to the reported incidents.

Furthermore, the State Secretariat for Social Development and Human Rights in the state of Rio de Janeiro revealed that over 25,000 people have been evacuated due to the continuous heavy rainfall over the past two weeks.

Last week, state authorities in Brazil, which declared a state of emergency, confirmed the deaths of 12 individuals as a result of heavy rainfall.

Governor of Rio de Janeiro, Claudio Castro, emphasized that authorities continue to monitor the situation "closely for rapid response to events," and stated, "We are providing real-time updates on official government networks.”