In the latest reports on the flood situation in the states of states of Rio Grande do Sul, the states Civil Defense describe the floods as “the worst in 10 years”.
The report goes on to say:
- 32,000 had to be rescued by troops from Southern Military Command
- Military also brought in to rebuild bridges
- Army and Civil Defense are distributing basic food supplies, clothes and medicine
- Soldiers also performed anti-looting patrols
By the end of June, floods from overflowing rivers and heavy rainfall had forced around 50,000 people to evacuate their homes in several states across southern Brazil. As many as 22,000 of the displaced were in Rio Grande do Sul.
Flood waters have since started to recede, but there are still many people unable to return home. There are still over 7,000 still homeless in Rio Grande do Sul, either in shelters of staying with relatives or friends. The worst affected areas are Itaqui, Uruguaiana and São Borja. Further rainfall has been forecast, making it difficult to know when it will be safe enough for the displaced to return home.
The head of the military and state coordinator of Protection and Civil Defence, Colonel Oscar Moiano yesterday reinforced the appeal for donations for those affected by the floods in Rio Grande do Sul. There is a need for food supplies, but also for hygiene and cleaning materials that are needed for those families returning to their flooded homes and need to clean areas contaminated by flood water.
Source: Defesa Civil