Torrential rains kill at least 36 people in Brazil

Intense rains recorded in recent hours in the Brazilian state of São Paulo have led to a preliminary balance of 36 deaths, hundreds of injured and evacuees.

São Paulo state governor Tarcisio Gomez de Freitas declared on Sunday a state of public emergency in the cities of Ubatuba, San Sebastian, Ilhabela, Caraguatatuba and Bertioga.

The measure will be in effect for 180 days in these municipalities and in Guaruja, equally affected, located on the so-called northern coast of the state, and will allow emergency measures to be taken to recover from the downpours.

According to local sources, 228 people have been evacuated for this reason, and another 338 have been left homeless.

In a message broadcast via the social networking site Twitter, Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva announced that he would visit the region this Monday and accompany efforts to combat the tragedy.

Source: Juventud Rebelde


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