50,000 Displaced by Floods in Southern Brazil

After one week of heavy rain, floods in the neighbouring states of Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul, southern Brazil, have forced over 50,000 people to evacuate their homes. Some areas saw over 40 cm (15.7 inches) of rain fall one week.

In Santa Catarina, the Secretaria de Estado da Defesa Civil, announced yesterday that 40,000 people have been displaced by floods in the state, which have affected 37 municipalities. So far 14 of those municipalities have declared a state of emergency.

Floods in Santa Catarina, Brazil, June 2014. Photo: defesacivil.sc.gov.br
Floods in Santa Catarina, Brazil, June 2014. Photo: defesacivil.sc.gov.br

Authorities in the state of Rio Grande do Sul said that 10,700 people have been displaced from 59 municipalities affected.

The are had previously suffered from flooding just a few weeks earlier, where at least 9 people were killed in flooding across southern parts of Brazil

The heavy rainfall this time around first began on 25 June 2014. According to Civil Defense in Santa Catarina, In a period of 151 hours up to 29 June 2014, Mondaí saw over 424 mm (16.69 inches) of rainfall and Chapecó 421 mm (16.54 inches).

The massive amounts of rainfall have left levels of rivers dangerously high, in particular Rio Uruguai and Rio do Peixe.

Flooded rivers in southern Brazil. Photo; defesacivil.sc.gov.br
Flooded rivers in southern Brazil. Photo; defesacivil.sc.gov.br