SAO PAULO (AP) — Heavy rain precipitated flooding and landslides which have killed 36 folks in Brazil’s north Sao Paulo state, officers stated Sunday, and the fatalities might rise.
Sao Paulo state authorities stated in an announcement that 35 died within the metropolis of Sao Sebastiao and a 7-year-old woman was killed in neighboring Ubatuba.
The cities of Sao Sebastiao, Ubatuba, Ilhabela and Bertioga, a few of the hardest hit and now below state of calamity, canceled their Carnival festivities as rescue groups battle to seek out lacking, injured and feared useless within the rubble.
“Our rescue groups will not be managing to get to a number of areas; it’s a chaotic state of affairs,” stated Felipe Augusto, the mayor of Sao Sebastiao. Later, he added there are dozens of individuals lacking and that fifty homes collapsed within the metropolis because of the landslides.
Augusto posted on social media a number of movies of widespread destruction in his metropolis, together with considered one of child being rescued by locals lined up on a flooded road.
Brazil’s President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva stated on Twitter he’ll go to the area Monday.
Sao Paulo state authorities stated in an announcement that precipitation within the area has surpassed 600 millimeters (23.6 inches) in at some point, one of many highest quantities ever in Brazil in such a brief interval.
Bertioga alone had 687 millimeters throughout that interval, the state authorities stated.
Gov. Tarcisio de Freitas stated in an announcement he requested help from the military, which despatched two airplanes and rescue groups to the area.
TV footage confirmed homes flooded with solely the roof seen. Residents are utilizing small boats to hold gadgets and other people to greater positions. A street that connects Rio de Janeiro to the port metropolis of Santos was blocked by landslides and floodwaters.
The northern coast of Sao Paulo state is a frequent Carnival vacation spot for rich vacationers preferring to keep away from large road events in massive cities.