Brazil – 1 Dead, Dozens Homeless After Floods in Espírito Santo

At least one person has died and dozens have been displaced after days of heavy rain caused flooding and landslides in Espirito Santo state in south-eastern Brazil.

The municipalities of Santa Leopoldina, Viana and Cariacica have all declared a local state of emergency according to local media. State authorities said that 95 people have been displaced in the municipalities of Alegre, Vitória, Vila Velha, Cariacica and Viana.

One person died and two were rescued with injuries following a landslide in rural Santa Leopoldina, a mountainous region of the state. As much as 177.41mm of rain fell in 24 hours to 14 November in Santa Leopoldina, causing the Santa Maria da Vitória River to break its banks.

Meanwhile flooding in Viana has damaged homes after the Formate river to broke its banks. Viana recorded 130.6mm of rain in 24 hours to 13 November, 2019 and 167.6mm in 24 hours to 14 November.

Cariacica has also declared a state of emergency due to the flooding. Some areas of the municipality were cut off and several people were rescued by helicopter.

Heavy rain and flooding was also reported in the state capital Vitoria where several houses were damaged, and in Alegre where around 100 houses have been damaged by flooding.

The municipality has also been affected. State Fire Service reported that 208.17mm of rain fell in 24 hours to 14 November in the municipality.

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