More than 80,000 people were rescued from their homes after floods in southern Brazil

More than 80,000 people were rescued from their homes after floods in southern Brazil
Volunteers rescue people in Porto Alegre (Reuters/Adriano Machado)

The Brazilian authorities have so far been spared 82666 people And 12,215 animals After serious floods that devastated the southern region of Brazil, Civil Defense reported on Saturday.

According to the latest account of the victims, they have been registered until now 156 dead, one additional compared to Friday, and 806 woundedwhile The number of missing people decreased to 94Four fewer than the previous day.

It caused floods, heavy rains and landslides Serious damage in 90% of the municipalities of the state of Rio Grande do SulIt is an important agricultural and industrial region in southern Brazil with a population of 11 million people.

There are still entire neighborhoods in some cities of Rio Grande do Sul, the state most affected by the climate tragedy, still submerged in water two weeks after the unprecedented storm in that region of the country, which lasted for several days.

A view of central Porto Alegre (Reuters/Adriano Machado)

There are 2.3 million victims in Rio Grande do Sulon the border with Uruguay and Argentina 620,000 were forced to leave their homes They go to shelters or their relatives' homes.

Porto Alegrethe regional capital, remains partly submerged, with the city's main airport out of service indefinitely and the historic center submerged, although in recent days The level of the river that floods the city began to fallAnd give a break to its residents.

People moving on a boat in Porto Alegre (Reuters/Adriano Machado)

President's management Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva It also announced a wide-ranging economic aid package, including subsidies, loans on favorable terms, and debt relief for Rio Grande do Sul to the treasury over the next three years.

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This weekend, a new cold front is expected to arrive in southern Brazil and scattered rains may make the work of rescue teams more difficult, which recently evacuated people who showed symptoms of hypothermia.

Haitian migrant Johnny Leconte in a shelter after his home was destroyed by floods, in Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul state, Brazil (Reuters/Adriano Machado)

Governor of Rio Grande do Sul Eduardo LightOn Friday, he announced the reconstruction plan for that Brazilian state, which includes Building four “temporary cities” To receive thousands of displaced people due to the floods that seriously affected the south of the country.

“Temporary cities” will be built into sports and cultural complexes in cities Porto Alegre, Canoa, Sao Leopoldo and Guaybawhich will be adapted to accommodate people for a longer period of time.

The governor's team described that these shelters, which will be built in the coming weeks, will have Kitchens, laundry rooms, TV and children's play areas.

In the case of the city of Kanoa, where a temporary project has already been implemented, it is estimated that about 1,000 people can be received at a cost of 13 million rials (about $2.5 million), which includes the assembly and maintenance of the infrastructure for six months.

The governor also explained that the current priority is to improve the conditions of improvised reception centers in schools and sports centres. “They deserve to be generous.”.

(With information from EFE)

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