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Death from heavy rains afflicting southeastern Brazil

Heavy rains, floods and landslides have killed at least 10 people in Minas Gerais, and authorities have warned that even more heavy rains are occurring in South America.

Of the 853 municipalities in Minas Gerais, 145 are in a state of emergency due to extreme weather, Brazilian officials say. (AFP)

Heavy rains in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil, have warned of more heavy rains in the region, according to official reports, killing 10 people in two days.

Victims, especially an 11-year-old girl, died on Sundays and Mondays due to rain, floods and landslides, the national defense coordinator said on Tuesday.

In a video posted on Instagram, Lieutenant Governor Paulo Brant said, “January was very difficult for Minas Gerais because of the short amount of rain and even concentration. “.

“We shouldn’t curse rain or blame nature, most of the impact is due to past mistakes such as the chaotic expansion of cities and the deposition and pollution of rivers,” he says. I did.

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Death and evacuation

Since it began to rain in early October, 19 people have died in southeastern Brazil. An additional 10 people were killed when a large piece of rock collapsed from the canyon on Saturday and plunged into four tour boats on Lake Furnas.

According to current numbers, 17,237 people had to abandon their homes or seek evacuation due to the storm.

Mining dams flooded on Saturday, disrupting major highway traffic for two days.

The French group Vallorec was fined about $ 60 million for “environmental damage” three days later, local governments announced on Tuesday.

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“We lost everything”

In Huatuba, a town of 26,000, about 50 kilometers from the capital city of Belo Horizonte, Daniel Valeriano de Riuler’s house was flooded early Sunday morning.

“We lost everything. My wife and children left home by boat,” a logistics operator told Agence France-Presse.

Civil defense warned that the situation in Minas Gerais on Tuesday would include “moderate to heavy rain, which could be accompanied by electric shock.”

Experts attribute the emergency to the South Atlantic Convergence Zone. This is a typical summer phenomenon that causes heavy rainfall in the region each year, in addition to the Laninha phenomenon and the climate crisis, which are Pacific climate patterns that can affect the world’s weather.

Brazil was severely damaged by floods for two months, killing dozens and evacuating thousands, especially in northeastern Bahia.

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Source: AFP

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