São Paulo state floods kill dozens; cities cancel carnivals


RIO DE JANEIRO — At least 26 folks had been killed and several other hundred extra displaced in coastal communities within the state of São Paulo, after heavy rains on the weekend brought on flooding and landslides that swallowed houses and vehicles, and compelled official to cancel some Carnival festivities.

São Paulo’s governor, Tarcísio de Freitas, declared a state of “public calamity” on Sunday for the hard-hit areas of Ubatuba, São Sebastião, Ilhabela, Caraguatatuba and Bertioga. The state authorities stated greater than 200 folks have been displaced and almost 340 left homeless by the flooding.

Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva stated he deliberate to go to São Paulo on Monday.

“We are going to bring together all levels of government and, with the solidarity of society, treat the wounded, look for the missing, restore highways, power connections and telecommunications in the region,” he stated in a tweet. “My condolences to the families who lost loved ones in this tragedy.”

The lifeless included a 7-year-old, in response to the São Paulo fireplace division, and officers have stated the quantity might rise additional. The military has been deployed to assist search-and-rescue efforts. Among the rescued, the governor stated, was a mom in labor and her new child son.

Brazil’s civil protection company stated among the affected areas noticed greater than 23 inches of rainfall in 24 hours. Inclement climate was forecast for early this week, doubtlessly additional complicating response efforts.

Footage on Brazilian tv confirmed roads within the hard-hit areas blocked by fallen timber and different particles, or remodeled into muddy rivers. Local media reported that the floods and landslides had severed entry to among the affected areas by land and that they had been accessible solely by air.

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