Brazil – 150,000 Affected by Floods in Paraná State

The civil defence authority in the Brazilian state of Paraná, Defesa Civil do Paraná, report that heavy rain between 09 and 12 January, 2016, has caused widespread flooding in 49 municipalities of the state. The heavy rain has also caused several landslides in 5 municipalities.

According to latest figures, the floods have affected over 150,000 people, and forced over 2,000 to evacuate their homes. Five people have been injured and one is missing.

Defesa Civil do Paraná say that 74 homes have been completely destroyed, leaving 198 people homeless. A further 10,057 homes have been damaged.

A landslide in Campo Largo affected 405 people and displaced five. Landslides were also reported in Campina Grande do Sul, Fazenda Rio Grande, Santana do Itararé and Ponta Grossa.

Arapongas, Rolândia and Londrina

The municipalities of Arapongas, Rolândia and Londrina, all within a few kilometres of each other, are among the worst affected areas.

Over 90,000 of those affected are in Arapongas municipality near the city of Londrina in the north of the state of Paraná. Only 25 people have been displaced however.

In Rolândia, as many as 1,000 have been displaced. Over 9,000 homes have been damaged and 50 destroyed. In total, 36,240 people have been affected by the flooding in Rolândia.

Over 1,700 have been affected by floods in Londrina, with 337 homes damaged and 50 people displaced.

27 cm of Rain in 2 Days

Londrina recorded 180 mm of rain in 24 hours between 11 and 12 January 2016 and 91 mm the day before.

The city is close to the Tibagi River, a tributary of the Paranapanema River, which in turn runs to the Paraná.  Further downriver, the overflowing Paraná has flooded wide areas of Paraguay, and Argentina since late December 2015. The heavy rain in Londrina and other Paraná catchment areas does not bode well for those already suffering in Paraguay and Argentina.

Bridge and Road destroyed on Rio Pirapó, Maringá

Carlos Alberto “Beto” Richa, Governor of Paraná, visited some of the affected areas on 14 January 2016 to see the damage for himself, including the destroyed broad bridge across the Rio Parapó between Iguaraçu and Maringá.

Photo: Orlando Kissner/ANPr
Photo: Orlando Kissner/ANPr

Rio Grande do Sul State

Flooding affected wide areas of Rio Grande do Sul state in Brazil in late December 2015 after a period of heavy rain. As many 2,000 families (around 9,000 people) were forced to evacuate in 12 municipalities including Uruguaiana, Alegrete, Rosário do Sul and São Borja.

Civil defence authority in Rio Grande do Sul said earlier this week that 56 municipalities suffered damage. Of these, 43 have declared an emergency, with the remainder under evaluation and proof of damage.

Several rivers in the state have overflowed, in particular the Uruguay River in Uruguaiana municipality. According to the latest reports from Rio Grande do Sul civil defence, river levels were at 11.18 metres on 27 December, which is over 3 metres above alert levels and over 6 metres above normal levels.

More photos of the flood damage in Paraná state, Brazil

Photo: Orlando Kissner/ANPr
Photo: Orlando Kissner/ANPr
Photo: Orlando Kissner/ANPr
Photo: Orlando Kissner/ANPr
Photo: Orlando Kissner/ANPr
Photo: Orlando Kissner/ANPr
Photo: Orlando Kissner/ANPr
Photo: Orlando Kissner/ANPr