Local officials in southern Brazil said on Saturday that at least 11 people had been murdered and 20 others were missing after a hurricane tore through the region.
The administration of Rio Grande do Sul state, which shares a border with Argentina and Uruguay, issued a statement in which it stated, “According to the state branch of Protection and Civil Defense, 11 people died as a result of the effects of the cyclone.”
According to what was written, “eighteen people are still missing in Caraa, and two people are missing in Tres Forquilhas.”
The passage of the storm between Thursday and Friday resulted in a total of 2,330 individuals being left with damaged homes, while 602 people were forced to flee from places 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.