Heavy rain hit the Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro

Heavy rain hit the Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro, New Year's day. According to the National Meteorological Institute, a day fell to monthly rainfall, leading to a rapidly developing floods and landslides.

The problem was that the disaster hit in the early morning, when most Brazilians were still asleep. Intense rainstorms triggered overflows nine rivers of the famous river of Rio de Janeiro, which gave the city its name.

Flood covered eight districts of the state. According to official data, there are dead and missing. More than 2,500 people were forced to flee their homes. The main attack took over eight cities. Some streets in these settlements are still hidden under meter of water.

It should be noted that the January rainfall annually descend on the south-eastern Brazil. In particular, in the past year from tropical storms severely affected cities such as Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. But perhaps the biggest tragedy was the January 2011 flood.

Then the victims of the rainy season, leading to landslides and debris flows, in the state of Rio de Janeiro were more than 900 people. Property damage amounted to more than a billion dollars. This natural disaster was the largest natural disaster in the history of Brazil, ahead of the number of victims of the flood in 1967.

According to the Brazilian experts, summer floods? from year to year recurring natural disasters, which can be avoided by cleaning the rivers and make other necessary arrangements.

Meanwhile, the National Meteorological Institute warns that during the January 5 at the Rio de Janeiro remain favorable for heavy rain and thunderstorms.
Category: Floods

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