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Brazil evacuates residents when the dam bursts in the northeast

After several weeks of heavy rain, two dams in Bahia could collapse, flooding an already inflated local river and causing flash floods, local officials said.

Since the beginning of November, rain has killed 18 people in Bahia. (AFP)

Two dams have collapsed in northeastern Brazil, threatening flooding in rainy areas where thousands have already been displaced.

Officials said on Sunday that after several weeks of heavy rain, a dam collapsed in northeastern Bahia and floods struck towns throughout the region, hitting an already swollen local river.

The Iguadam on the Verga River near the city of Vitoria da Conquista in southern Bahia collapsed on Saturday night, and authorities evacuated primarily residents of the town of Itambe.

The second dam gave way to the rising sea level of Jusiape, 100 km north, on Sunday morning, warning residents to move to a safer place.

Although bridges and roads were damaged, there were no reports of casualties due to dam failure.

Thousands were trapped in the house

A fire brigade rescued residents trapped in their submerged downtown homes on the coast of Itabuna, a city with a population of 200,000, according to Reuters.

“The bridge is crazy. There are waves about two meters high,” the owner, Luis Constantia, told Reuters.

Rescuers rowed dinghys along the flooded streets, contacting trapped families and taking supplies. A man got home by rowing an inflatable mattress.

According to residents, the water level of the Cachoeira River, which flows through the town located 30 km from the coastal port city of Ilheus, was the highest in 50 years.

The mayor of Vitoria da Conquista, Sheila Remos, said all the inhabitants near the collapsed Iguadam had been evacuated.

Scores for towns facing emergencies

In a post on the city’s website, Remos said floods could block the BR-116 highway, the main truck route between northeastern and southern Brazil.

Bahia Governor Louie Castro said at least 400,000 people were affected by heavy rains and thousands of people were evacuated from about 67 towns facing emergencies due to heavy rain floods for about two months. rice field.

“Thousands of people had to leave the house because the water level rose 1-2 meters and in some places 3 meters,” he told reporters on Saturday.

Since the beginning of November, rain has killed 18 people in Bahia, including a 60-year-old ferry owner who drowned in the swollen Rio Das Contas River, according to civil defense officials.

In the provincial capital, Salvador, rainfall in December was six times higher than average, according to meteorological authorities.

Source: Reuters

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