The death toll from heavy rains in the city of Petropolis in the province of Rio de Janeiro has risen to 117, a new report from Brazil’s Civil Defense said on Thursday.
Earlier, Governor Claudio Castro told the media that “a strong storm that struck Petropolis in the Serena region 15 Tuesday afternoon” had killed more than 100 people in the city.
Through its account on the social network Twitter, Civil Defense reported 117 deaths, 24 people were rescued alive, and 849 were reported homeless and 323 landslides as of 8:24 pm (local time).
Disaster in Petropolis / RJ
Update – 20h24
Deaths: 117 *
Recovered Alive: 24 *
️ Updates at 08:00, 13:00 and 20:00.
Sources: Petropolis Province and RJ Government *
National Civil Defense (@defesacivilbr)
February 17, 2022
At least 65 women and 36 men, as well as 13 minors, were among the bodies found, according to authorities. For its part, the Civil Police estimates that more than 100 people are missing.
Heavy rains last Tuesday hit the city, creating landslides, overflowing rivers and pulling rocks, as well as vehicles and other debris.
According to Castro, this was “the worst rain since 1932” because 260 millimeters (mm) of water fell on a square meter in six hours, which is generally expected throughout February.
For its part, the Municipal Prefecture maintains 33 support points in public schools with 439 dormitories.
Those in dangerous areas and those who do not want to go to a safe area are advised by the authorities to go to the help centers set up.
President Jair Bolzano, who is on an official visit to Russia and Hungary, said he would return to the affected area early Friday morning and fly over the affected area.
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