Disaster Relief: Providing shelter, food and water. Over thirty people are dead after heavy rains and floods in the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul, state governor Eduardo Leite said Wednesday. Leite visited the disaster area on Wednesday morning and pledged on social media that no effort would be spared to rebuild the homes and infrastructure destroyed by the rising waters. This week’s rains are the worst natural disaster to hit the state in 40 years. Earlier on Wednesday, the Ministry of Social Development (MDS) said at least 50 municipalities in the two southern states have been affected, with approximately 80% of the city of Muçum in Rio Grande do Sul underwater. Many homes and building were destroyed due to the storm.
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Disaster Relief: Providing shelter, food and water to people affected by the cyclone. Rio de Janeiro: A cyclone tore through southern Brazil, killing at least 12 people and forcing thousands from their homes. Another 10 people are missing. The water was waist deep inside of houses, ruining everything inside. Firemen had to rescue many people and others where rescued by helicopter. Caraa, one of the worst hit towns had hundreds of homes damaged leaving many people needing shelter.
At least 36 people have died, and dozens are missing after torrential rain brought flooding and landslides to coastal areas of south-east Brazil over the weekend as the country geared up for its annual carnival celebrations. Rescue efforts continued in São Paulo state on Monday as more than 500 workers searched for victims, cleared roads and tried to reconnect isolated communities. But the task was hampered by heavy rain, which has also displaced hundreds of people and trapped an undetermined number of tourists who had travelled for carnival. Some of the hardest-hit cities under the emergency decree – including São Sebastião, Ubatuba, Ilhabela and Bertioga – cancelled carnival activities as rescuers dug through the rubble and amid fears that the death toll would rise. Col Henguel Ricardo Pereira, the head of civil defence in São Paulo, said the area of Barra do Sahy in São Sebastião had been hit hardest. “Unfortunately, we are going to have a lot of deaths,” he told the Folha de São Paulo. São Sebastião’s mayor, Felipe Augusto, said dozens of people were missing and 50 houses had collapsed in the city due to the landslides.
Disaster Relief: Providing shelter, food, water and reforestation. Wildfires that have been raging across Chile for more than a week have now killed at least 26 people and left more than 2,000 injured. Over 1,500 homes have also been completely destroyed by the fires, leaving thousands more homeless as a heatwave has enveloped the region with temperatures reaching upwards of 100 degrees Fahrenheit. More than 889,000 acres of forests have been destroyed so far in the Andean nation. Over 6,000 firefighters, many of them mainly volunteers, are currently on the ground trying to control more than 323 active fires, including 90 that are raging out of control. Authorities warned that high temperatures and strong winds could further complicate the situation even further over the weekend.
Supporting Firefighters And Reforestation. Firefighters across Brazil are battling raging towers of flames from the Amazon rainforest to the Cerrado savannah, but the fires beneath their feet are a particular challenge in the Pantanal. The fires here are the worst in 15 years. The flames threaten the region’s biodiversity, rich with tapirs, pumas, capybaras and the world’s most dense population of jaguars. Hundreds of firefighters, environmental workers, park rangers and soldiers have worked 24 hours a day for weeks attempting to extinguish flames that have destroyed thousands of square kilometers of the Pantanal. The region is a vast flood plain that normally fills with water during the rainy season, roughly from November to March. But the floods were lower than normal this year and a subsequent drought has left the area dangerously susceptible to fire. It’s our worst year here for fires. It’s never been dry like this. Disaster Relief Donate.
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