Brazil floods: Rio Grande do Sul Dam Falls, increasing Mortality toll

After days of intense rain that caused severe flooding, a hydroelectric dam in southern Brazil collapsed, killing over thirty people.

The state of Rio Grande do Sul has another sixty missing persons, according to officials.

Since Saturday, about 15,000 people have left their houses. Throughout the state, at least 500,000 people lack access to clean water and electricity.

A two-meter (6.6-foot) tsunami caused by the breached dam caused fear and additional damage to the previously inundated neighbourhoods.

The municipality of Cotiporã and the city of Bento Gonçalves are separated by the dam.

A unique combination of above-average temperatures, high humidity, and strong winds has resulted in the extreme weather.

During his visit to the area, Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva pledged assistance from the national government.

Earlier, state governor Eduardo Leite declared, “We need to rescue hundreds of people in dozens of municipalities,” and begged for immediate aid.

Helicopters have been sent out to look for individuals who may be stuck.

Helicopters have been forced to lift residents to safety in certain regions due to the extreme flooding.

As their homes filled with water, residents of the Candelária municipality resorted to sleeping on their roofs.

More rain is expected in the area as a cold front passes through, according to meteorologists.

A cyclone in Rio Grande do Sul last year claimed the lives of around thirty individuals.

The El Niño climate phenomena was blamed by Brazil’s National Institute of Meteorology for the increased intensity and frequency of rainfall.

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