A state of emergency because of the rains has announced 70 cities in southern Brazil

The number of cities in southern Brazil, where the declared state of emergency because of the rains has risen to 70, said on Saturday the local Civil defense. Earlier it was reported about 60 of the affected cities.

Heavy rains in the region for more than two weeks. Rainfall caused a rise in water level in rivers and partially flooded residential areas.

According to service ON the southern Brazilian state of Santa Catarina, more than 26 thousand people were forced to leave their homes, flooded by the flood; 930 thousand inhabitants in 80 settlements suffered from the elements. According to the latest reports service, five people were killed and 162 injured and 79 are sick from hypothermia.

The government estimates the damage in 413 million Brazilian reais (247 million).

On Friday, Brazil’s President dilma Rousseff has pledged to help Santa Catarina 40 million Brazilian reais (23.6 million dollars), which will be used to rebuild the infrastructure of the affected cities.

The greatest natural disaster in the recent history of Santa Catarina occurred in November 2008. Then for four days fell 520 millimeters of rainfall, or four monthly norms. The result caused by the rains of the flood killed 114 people, and more than 78 thousand were left homeless.

Source: RIA Novosti

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