Brazil’s Floods Leave More Than 120 People Dead

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In Brazil, a devastating flash flood claimed more than 120 lives after heavy rainstorms pummeled the area on Friday. Authorities stated that 756 injured individuals have been hospitalized, while141 people reported missing. Search and rescue operations are are still underway. Over 20,000 military personnel were deployed in the state of Rio Grande do Sul.
 
The flood also damaged power and water treatment plants, leaving the majority of residents without drinking water and electricity. More than 85,000 homes have been destroyed by the muddy floodwaters. More than 71,000 people temporarily sheltered in schools, sports halls and churches.
 
Brazilian national meteorology institute INMET said that intense rain is expected to continue until tomorrow. Officials have warned five dams were at risk of rupturing, as the River Guaiba in Rio Grande do Sul, reached historic levels this week.

Disclaimer: This press release is sourced from News On AIR, Prasar Bharti and Press Information Bureau India (PIB).

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