Brazil – Torrential Rain Triggers Flooding and Landslides in Salvador, Bahia

More than a month’s worth of rain fell in just 3 hours in the city of Salvador, capital of Bahia State, Brazil on 26 November, 2019.

The city’s Civil Defence said 169 mm of rain fell in 3 hours during the morning of 26 November. The monthly average for November is 106.5mm. Civil Defence Salvador added that Liberdade and São Caetano neighbourhoods recorded more than 250mm in 3 hours. Civil Defence had issued timely warnings for the heavy rain, including the sounding of sirens in some districts.

The torrential rain caused flooding and landslides across the city. Civil Defence reported more than 300 incidents. Streets were flooded and around 100 homes damaged. Almost 300 people were evacuated. However, no casualties were reported.

Parts of the city have a high risk of landslides. The government of Salvador recently embarked on a series of risk prevention projects across the city, securing slopes and installing geomats.

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