Brazil – 7 Dead After Floods and Landslides in Pernambuco

Civil Defence in Brazil’s northeastern state of Pernambuco report that 7 people died after flooding and landslides caused by heavy rain.

Landslide damage in Pernambuco, Brazil, after heavy rain in June 2019. Photo: Civil Defence Pernambuco

A heavy downpour lasting around 6 hours hit parts of the state on 13 June, 2019. The rain triggered over 100 incidents of flooding and landslides in several areas of the state including the cities of Goiana, Recife, Olinda, Jaboatão dos Guararapes, Camaragibe, São Lourenço da Mata and Abreu e Lima.

According to Pernambuco Water and Climate Agency (Agência Pernambucana de Águas e Clima – APAC), Goiana recorded 198mm of rain on 13 June,  Recife 185mm, Camaragibe 172mm and Olinda 168mm.

Around 50 people have been evacuated from their homes. Several buildings were completely destroyed, leaving 9 people homeless. Around 500 people were rescued by emergency services.

Authorities said 7 people had died as a result of the severe weather, including 5 people in a landslide in Camaragibe and 1 in Jaboatão dos Guararapes. One person died in a flooded tunnel in the Pina neighbourhood of Recife.