Brazil – 24 Dead After Floods and Landslides in São Paulo

Torrential rain affected the metropolitan region of São Paulo, in south eastern Brazil, causing floods and landslides in more than 20 municipalities. Local media report as many as 24 casualties, 24 injured and several houses flooded or destroyed.

Intense Rain

The heavy rain began to fall on 10 March, 2016, ending in the morning of 11 March.

According to the National Meteorological Institute (Instituto Nacional de Meteorologia, Inmet) 87.2 mm of rain was recorded in 24 hours in Mirante de Santana, in the north of São Paulo.

In Soracaba, a city of 600,000 inhabitants west of São Paulo, recorded 61.6 mm of rain during the night between 10 and 11 March 2016.

Landslides and Flooding

The intense rain resulted in several landslides that caused casualties and major damages.

Four people died and 7 injured in Mairipora Municipality, buried in the night of 10 March by a landslide affecting several houses. Major landslides also occurred also in Francisco Morato Municipality, causing 11 fatalities, and in Itapevi, where 2 people died.

Several rivers have overflowed causing flooding in many densely populated areas of São Paulo, damaging homes and causing severe disruption to local transport.

According to local authorities, the Pinheiros River in São Paolo, the Tietê River in Salto and the Atibaia River in the Campinas Region have all overflowed. As many as 4 people have drowned in Guarulhos and Cajamar.

Several roads and railways lines were temporarily interrupted causing major issues to commuters working in the metropolitan region of São Paulo. São Paulo-Guarulhos airport was closed for 6 hours.

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Photos of the Landslides in Francisco Morato

The rains that fell early on Friday 11 March caused damage and deaths in the city of Francisco Morato, in the metropolitan region of São Paulo. All photos courtesy of Prefeitura de Francisco Morato.