Today: Friday, 1 March 2024 year

11 people have died in floods in southern Brazil.

11 people have died in floods in southern Brazil.

Eleven people have died and 20 are missing after flooding in the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul caused by an extratropical cyclone, the state’s civil protection agency said.

“At the moment, 11 deaths have been registered: three in Macin, two in San Leopoldo, one in Novo Hamburgo, one in Caraa, one in Bomprincipio, one in São Sebastian do Cai, one in in Esteio and one in Gravatai,” the regional rescuers wrote on Twitter.

 


Severe flooding and landslides began on Friday in large areas of the southern Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul after heavy rainfall caused by an extratropical cyclone. Local media initially reported three dead and 12 missing.


The civil protection service clarified that as of Saturday evening, 20 people were listed as missing in the municipalities of Caraa and Tres Forquillas. In total, 2,330 people were left homeless in 41 affected municipalities, more than 600 were evacuated from their homes.

About 120 thousand households and enterprises remain without electricity in the region, a number of municipalities have declared an emergency.