At least 36 people died during the weekend of Carnival in southeast Sao Paulo state as a result of flooding and landslides brought on by severe rain in Brazil, according to authorities.
Sao Sebastiao, Brazil, was the scene of extensive flooding, leaking soil sweeping away the remnants of hillside homes, cars smashed by fallen trees, and other destruction as shown on television and social media.
According to the state authorities, Sao Sebastiao saw at least 35 fatalities. According to news sources, a girl was also killed in the town of Ubatuba.
Henguel Pereira, the head of the state’s civil defense, told the daily Folha de Sao Paulo, “Unfortunately, we are going to have many more deaths.“
The state government previously reported that 338 people were evacuated and another 228 were left homeless in the coastal area north of Sao Paulo as rescue workers rushed to aid those affected by the storm.
The number of people who were either missing or hurt was not disclosed by the police.
Tarcisio de Freitas, governor of Sao Paulo state, flew over weather-devastated districts and proclaimed an emergency in five coastal municipalities. He made the equivalent of $1.5 million available for rescue efforts.
On Monday, the region will welcome President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who announced the visit through Twitter. He has been on vacation in the Bahia state of northeast Brazil since Friday.
A record 60 centimeters (almost two feet) of rain fell in 24 hours at Sao Sebastiao, 200 kilometers (120 miles) north of Sao Paulo, where many residents of the city spent the pre-Lenten holiday weekend on the beach.
It amounts to more than twice what typically falls in a month.
Carnival activities were postponed in São Sebastiao and other cities.
“The extent of the destruction is still unknown to us. Felipe Augusto, the mayor of Sao Sebastiao, described the situation as “very grave” and said, “We are trying to rescue the victims.”
He said to Globonews, “We are working at over 50 homes that collapsed under the force of the flood and there are still people buried.”
With the aid of aircraft, more than 100 firemen were on the scene.
In order to assist those harmed by the downpour, soldiers were also competing in the race.
To “take care of the injured, hunt for missing individuals, and restore roads, energy, and telecommunications,” Lula promised, “government at all levels will work.”
Authorities reported that a woman giving delivery and a two-year-old toddler were both saved from a sea of mud amidst the loss and destruction.
Brazil is suffering greatly as a result of extreme weather phenomena caused by climate change.
More than 230 people died as a result of torrential rainfall in Petropolis last year.