According to yesterday’s executive order, the Brazilian government has allocated R $ 200 million ($ 35.5 million) in disaster relief funds to northeastern Brazil. In northeastern Brazil, 20 people were killed and tens of thousands were evacuated in a severe flood.
The state of Bahia, Brazil, home to about 15 million people, has been flooded for several weeks after historic dry spells replaced rain records.
The situation worsened significantly later on Christmas Eve, as many residents were forced to abandon their homes on hills after the dam broke, and many areas are expected to continue to rain all week long.
Bahia Governor Rui Costa told journalists that nearly 50,000 people have been evacuated and need to build 5,000 new homes at a cost of R $ 400 million.
“The criticism is immeasurable,” he said. “It looks like Bahia was bombed.”
For days, a dramatic scene of rescue workers pulling residents through a window on the second floor has spread to the vast swatches of Bahia.
A state firefighter said in a statement yesterday afternoon that he had ordered the evacuation of the neighborhoods of the four municipalities in a “imminent risk of flooding.”
Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro, who is currently on vacation in southern Santa Catarina, announced relief assistance on Twitter early yesterday.
Brazil’s regional development minister, Rogerio Marinho, said further assistance is on the way.
“We wait for a more detailed assessment of (damage) to see what we need. We will do what we need,” he told journalists.
http://www.gulf-times.com/story/707078/Brazil-govt-to-send-relief-funds-to-flood-ravaged- Brazilian Government Sends Relief Funds to Flood-Ravaged Northeast