NewsA cyclone left at least 21 dead in Rio Grande do Sul

    A cyclone left at least 21 dead in Rio Grande do Sul

    A cyclone that dumped hail and caused strong winds in southern Brazil left at least 21 deadannounced this Tuesday the governor of the state of Rio Grande do Sul, who lamented the worst toll of victims in a climate event in his region.

    “Unfortunately, I now receive information that 15 bodies were located in the municipality of Mucum. This causes us immense pain and raises the death toll from six to 21,” Governor Eduardo Leite said at a press conference.

    “It is the highest death toll in a climatic event” in the state, he added.

    The government of Rio Grande do Sul described a phenomenon that began on Monday with “hail, strong winds and storms” that caused “slides and flooding.”

    “The water rose very quickly,” Leite said.

    President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva expressed in the morning his “solidarity” with the affected populations and declared that his government is “ready to help”, during his weekly program on social networks.

    Rescue of people after the passage of a cyclone, in Passo Fundo (Brazil). Photo EFE

    An elderly woman also died after falling into a river after the cable with which a lifeguard was trying to rescue her broke. The official was left in serious condition.

    The g1 news portal reported the death of another person in the neighboring state of Santa Catarina.

    But authorities warn that the worst is not over: Some rivers have exceeded flood levels and further rainfall is expected from Thursday.

    Brazil suffers frequent extreme eventsand scientists do not rule out a link with the effects of climate change.

    Last February, 65 people died due to landslides caused by record rains that hit Sao Sebastiao, a beach tourist destination about 200 km from the city of Sao Paulo (southeast).

    On that occasion, more than 600 mm of rain fell in 24 hours, more than double what was expected for the month.

    Experts also attribute the devastating effects to uncontrolled urbanization.

    Some 9.5 million of the 203 million inhabitants live in risk areas subject to landslides or flooding.

    Source: Clarin

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