Printed on Mon Jul 04 2022 3:23:34 AM
34 Killed in Brazil from Landslides and Heavy Rain
"From last Wednesday until midday, Saturday, 34 deaths were recorded in Brazil," said the Civil Defense in a statement. 28 of the deaths had occurred the previous day.
A red alert has been issued by the National Institute of Meteorology for Sunday as well in Pernambuco.
A landslide in the Ibura district in the south of the port city of Recife killed 19, Globo television channel reported.
It also said 3 more people were killed in Camaragibe near Recife due to another landslide. 2 died in Recife itself and another in Jaboatao dos Guararapes.
Local press reports said three were killed by a landslide in Olinda, and a fourth person died after falling into a canal, also in Olinda.
The region has recently seen heavy rainfall, with more than 200 milliliters of rain falling in 24 hours in the greater Recife area, according to state officials.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro expressed sorrow and said that forces were being deployed to provide aid and assistance. He also announced a relief of 1 billion Brazilian real (€196 billion, $211 billion).
Heavy rains in northeastern Brazil due to 'eastern waves'
Meteorologist Estael Sias told news agency AFP that the heavy rains lashing Pernambuco and, to a lesser extent, four other northeastern states, are the product of a typical seasonal phenomenon called "eastern waves."
These are areas of "atmospheric disturbance" that move from the African continent to Brazil's northeastern coastal region. "In other areas of the Atlantic this instability forms hurricanes, but in northeastern Brazil, it has the potential for a lot of rain and even thunderstorms," he added.