At the very least 12 individuals have misplaced their lives, and one other two dozen are lacking after rains, thunderstorms and subsequent flooding hit the state of Santa Catarina in southern Brazil.
A number of landslides brought on by the storm led to widespread destruction and blocked roads, and left many areas with out electrical energy and communications.
Footage from the scene reveals extreme flooding within the streets.
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The Civil Protection companies have been quoted as saying that the rains that started on Wednesday and lasted till Thursday “brought about injury and left individuals homeless in a number of municipalities.”
Native media are reporting that at the very least 11 municipalities have been affected, however the widespread destruction is making the injury troublesome to estimate.
Communication issues are additionally mentioned to be hampering rescue efforts. The authorities concern that the variety of victims might improve, as greater than 20 individuals are at present lacking. They’ve warned that the climate could deteriorate additional – hailstorms, gusts of wind, and lightning are forecast for Friday.
In January this yr, a robust storm in Brazil left at the very least 47 individuals lifeless and compelled greater than 18,000 to flee their properties within the nation’s southeast, with a number of cities and cities having suffered devastating landslides and floods.
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