Drama in Brazil. Ten people died Sunday and Monday in floods and landslides following torrential rains in the state of Minas Gerais, in southeastern Brazil, local authorities announced on Tuesday. Five members of the same family, whose car was buried under a mudslide, are among the victims, said the Civil Defense Coordination of Minas Gerais.
Brazilian State Vice Governor Paulo Brant lamented, in a video posted on Instagram, “the amount of precipitation, in a short period of time”, as well as “the mistakes of the past in the disorderly expansion of cities and the lack of action in the face of “sedimentation and pollution of rivers”.
19 dead since early October
A state of emergency has also been declared in 145 of the 853 municipalities of Minas Gerais, where 19 people have died due to flooding since the beginning of October, while more than 17,000 people have been forced to leave their homes.
These deadly floods, attributed by experts to the meeting of a corridor of humidity from the Amazon and masses of cold air from the south, occur in an already grim context in the state of Minas Gerais, where ten people lost their lives on Saturday in the spectacular collapse of a section of cliff.