At least 11 people were killed and hundreds were forced from their homes as a result of a storm that swept across southern Brazil on Sunday, according to the authorities.
Authorities in Rio Grande do Sul state reported that the number of individuals missing as a result of the storm that occurred on Thursday and Friday has decreased to 10. This number had previously been provided as 20.
According to reports from the local media, one of the victims was a baby who was just four months old. They showed footage of a vehicle being driven into a graveyard by strong winds after it was captured on camera.
“The water in the home reached our waists while we were inside. We give thanks to God that the firefighters arrived so swiftly and helped us escape on boats. “It was like living in a nightmare,” a woman from the village of Sao Leopoldo was quoted as saying by the newspaper Estadao, which did not publish her name.
A helicopter was used to rescue some of the other victims.
The passage of the storm between Thursday and Friday resulted in a total of 3,713 individuals being left with damaged residences and the evacuation of 697 people from regions that were deemed to be in danger.
On Saturday, representatives from the government and rescue organizations accompanied Governor Eduardo Leite of Rio Grande do Sul as he flew over the districts that were hit the hardest by the earthquake.
The governor paid a visit to a community center in Caraa, one of the communities that was severely impacted by the storm, which was housing hundreds of individuals whose homes had been destroyed or severely damaged.
“We are quite concerned about the situation in Caraa. According to the statement released by the governor, “it is essential that we can, in an integrated manner, quickly map the main affected areas and identify the people who need support.”
According to Leite, state firemen had rescued around 2,400 individuals over the course of the previous two days.
At this juncture, the protection and preservation of human life is our highest priority. “Isolated people need to be rescued, missing people need to be found, and families need support,” added Leite.
Over the last several years, Brazil has been devastated by a string of terrible natural catastrophes, many of which, according to scientists, are being made worse by the effects of climate change.
At least sixty-five persons lost their lives in the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo in the month of February as a result of flooding and landslides that were caused by intense rainfall.