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Worst disaster in history | 37 killed, several missing as Brazil grapples with heavy rains and mudslides

This marks the fourth environmental catastrophe within a year for the region. The flooding has eclipsed the historic deluge of 1941

Written by  Shefali Kohli -- May 04th 2024 08:55 AM
Worst disaster in history | 37 killed, several missing as Brazil grapples with heavy rains and mudslides

Worst disaster in history | 37 killed, several missing as Brazil grapples with heavy rains and mudslides

Brazil Rains: Brazil, renowned for its vibrant culture, stunning natural landscapes, and passionate people and its famous beaches like Copacabana and Ipanema attract sun-seekers worldwide, is grappling with widespread  floods that have ravaged cities and displaced thousands from their homes. 

Brazil's southern state of Rio Grande do Sul is reeling from the devastating effects of heavy rains and mudslides. The death toll has surged to 37, with 74 individuals reported missing.


The scale of flooding across the state has surpassed that witnessed during a historic deluge in 1941, as reported by the Brazilian Geological Service. Water levels in some areas have reached unprecedented heights, exceeding records dating back nearly 150 years. 

Know all about worst disaster in history

  • Rio Grande do Sul is grappling with the aftermath of severe rainfall and mudslides, resulting in a tragic death toll of 37, while 74 individuals remain unaccounted for. 
  • This marks the fourth environmental catastrophe within a year for the region. The flooding has eclipsed the historic deluge of 1941, with water levels soaring to unprecedented heights in certain urban areas.
  • Governor Eduardo Leite declared a state of emergency as the region grapples with the aftermath of the catastrophic weather event.

  • President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva pledged full support to the affected region, assuring that "there will be no lack of human or material resources" to alleviate the suffering caused by the extreme weather conditions.
  • The state is grappling with widespread disruptions to essential services, including electricity, communications, and water supply. Over 23,000 individuals have been forced to evacuate their residences, according to the civil defense agency.
  • With limited access to internet, telephone, or electricity, residents are struggling to communicate with relatives in other regions. 

The catastrophic floods and mudslides are part of a pattern of extreme weather events plaguing South America's largest country. Experts attribute the heightened frequency of such disasters to the impacts of climate change, which have been exacerbated by a recent cold front sweeping across the south and southeast regions following a period of intense heat. 

- With inputs from agencies

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