At least 3 people have died in Recife, capital of the state of Pernambuco, Brazil, after floods and landslides triggered by days of heavy rain. This is the second spate of deadly flooding and landslides in the state in the last 6 weeks. At least 7 people died after torrential rain in areas around Recife on 13 June, 2019.
In a statement of 24 July, the government of Recife municipality said 102mm of rain fell in 6 hours early on 24 July. Around 240mm of rain has fallen in the last 5 days. Civil defence have issued 5 rainfall warnings since 19 July.
Recife government confirmed 3 fatalities in the municipality as a result of the severe weathe. Local media also reported 2 deaths in nearby Olinda and 3 in Abreu e Lima.
Schools have been closed. Recife government said a team of around 1,000 personnel, including 350 from civil defence, were working across the city in response to the flooding.
According to Pernambuco Water and Climate Agency (Agência Pernambucana de Águas e Clima – APAC), Abreu e Lima recorded 140mm of rain on 24 July, Recife 146 mm and Olinda 140 mm.
— Globais! (@FGlobais) July 24, 2019
Um cenário desolador. Este vídeo mostra o Córrego do Curió após o deslizamento registrado no início desta manhã – depois de uma madrugada de fortes chuvas em toda a Região Metropolitana do Recife. pic.twitter.com/oEmmVvUABa
— Diario de Pernambuco (@DiarioPE) July 24, 2019
Neste momento difícil que o Recife está passando com as fortes chuvas, passei o dia todo visitando muitas comunidades atingidas pelas chuvas e cobrando as providências necessárias de forma a minimizar o sofrimento do povo. Também chamei a minha equipe para estar à disposição! pic.twitter.com/F2406gayGj
— Hélio Guabiraba (@helioguabiraba) July 24, 2019