Brazil – Emergency Declared After Floods in Rolante, Rio Grande Do Sul

Heavy rain that began late on 05 January has caused flooding in parts of the Vale do Paranhana area of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.

The municipality of Rolante suffered the worst of the flooding. Over 6,000 people were affected and 2,400 families were evacuated.

Rio Grande do Sul State Civil Defence say that flooding also affected the neighbouring municipality of Riozinho, and several other villages or municipalities in the area, including Santo Cristo, Alegria, Três Arroios, Maximiliano de Almeida, Paim Filho and São Jerônimo. No injuries or fatalities have been reported and no evacuations were necessary in these locations.

The president of Brazil, Michel Temer, and the governor of Rio Grande do Sul, José Ivo Sartori, flew over the affected area on Monday morning, 09 January to assess the damage.

President Michel Temer assesses the flood damage in Rolante and Riozinho, Rio Grande do Sul. Photo: Beto Barata/PR

Flood Damage in Rolante

Flooding caused major damage to roads, bridges and thousands of homes in Rolante municipality and the local government declared a state of emergency on 06 January.

In a statement, the government said the flooding had been caused by heavy rainfall in river catchment areas and the rupture of the dam in São Francisco de Paula.

Rio Grande do Sul State Civil Defence reported that 6,604 people were affected by the floods in Rolante. The municipality government said that 644 properties in rural areas and 2,312 properties in urban areas had suffered damage. No deaths or injuries were reported. State Civil Defence reports that all those evacuated from their homes have since returned.

State Civil Defence carried out flights to verify affected areas and have distributed humanitarian aid kits, mattresses and other relief items in the affected areas.

Aerial view of the floods in Rolante, Brazil, January 2017. Photo: Divulgação/ Defesa Civil
Flood water marks on a door in Rolante. Photo: Daniela Barcellos /Palácio Piratini

Flood Summary

Last updated: January 17, 2017
Event
Rio Grande Do Sul, Brazil, January 2017
Date
January 5 to January 9, 2017
Type
River flood
Cause
Extreme rainfall

Locations

A - Rolante
B - Riozinho

Magnitude

River level
Overflowing
Rio dos Sinos, Rolante - January 6 to January 9, 2017

Damages

Affected
6604 people
January 5 to January 9, 2017