2022 – Brazil: The death toll from torrential rains rises to 84

Since the torrential rains began on Wednesday, 56 people have also gone missing, according to CNN Brazil, while nearly 4,000 have lost their homes. 14 communities have declared a state of emergency

The Civil Defense in Pernambuco has urged residents living in high-risk areas around Recife to seek shelter elsewhere after rains triggered landslides there. Schools have been opened in Recife to accommodate displaced families.

Northeast Brazil is experiencing exceptionally high levels of rain, officials said. Some areas recorded more rain in a 24-hour period over the weekend than the total volume projected for May.

The rain was cut off in some parts of the state on Monday as the showers moved towards the coast, but another 30-60 mm of rain is expected in Pernambuco over the next two days, while isolated areas may see more than 100 mm. The area can see more than half a month of rain in just four days, from Saturday on the weekend to late on Tuesday.

Flashes, which can cause power outages and debris to fall, can reach speeds of up to 100 km/h.

The weekend rains caused Brazil’s fourth major flood in five months, according to a Reuters report highlighting a lack of urban planning in low-income neighborhoods in much of the country. Slums – slums or shantytowns – are often built on slopes that tend to fall, usually outside the larger cities.

In December, torrential rains in the neighboring state of Bahia destroyed two dams, killing dozens and inundating entire streets.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said the army would help those affected and would travel to Recife on Monday to assess the situation.

“From the first moment, our government provided all means to help those affected, including the armed forces,” he wrote on Twitter on Sunday.

Paulo Camara, the state’s governor, said on Twitter that his office had provided 100 million Brazilian reals ($21 million) to help rain-hit areas. According to CNN Brasil, seven other Brazilian states have offered to help and sent rescue teams to Pernambuco.

The climate crisis means that destructive extreme weather is becoming more common around the world. As temperatures rise, average rainfall is expected to decrease in this part of Brazil, but extreme rain events are expected to be more frequent and intense, according to scientific projections from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

This means that some parts of Brazil will experience prolonged droughts, as well as frequent and intense rain, all of which make them more prone to flooding.

The cause of landslides is more complex, but they often occur during heavy rains in heavily deforested and accumulated areas.

Robert Shackleford and CNN Weather’s Monica Jarrett contributed to this report. Marcelo Medeiros and Michelle Velez reported from Atlanta, Marcia Riverdosa from São Paulo, Mia Alberti from Beirut, and Amy Wodiat from London.

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