The death toll from the rains in the Brazilian region of Recife rises to 79

MADRID, 30 (EUROPE PRESS)

Heavy rains have already killed at least 79 people in the region of the Brazilian city of Recife since last Tuesday, and forecasts point to more rainfall in the coming days.

In addition, there are 56 people missing and 25 have been injured and there are 3,957 people without shelter and 533 have been evicted, according to the latest report by the governor of Pernambuco, Paulo Cámara, who appeared late this Sunday at a press conference, citing sources of the Legal Medical Institute (IML).

The Minister of Regional Development, Daniel Ferreira, advocated the declaration of a state of emergency in Recife and Pernambuco in the face of flooding, which requires the publication of the measure in the Official Gazette of the Union, the Brazilian equivalent of the Official State Gazette. After that, additional resources may be released to deal with the emergency.

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Of the 30 deaths reported on Saturday, 20 correspond to a landslide in Jardim Monte Verde, in the Ibura neighborhood, south of Recife, according to a report by the Brazilian Civil Defense.

This Sunday a delegation from the federal government has flown over the affected area. Ferreira and the Ministers of Tourism, Carlos Brito; Health, Marcelo Queiroga and Citizenship, Ronaldo Bento.

The authorities have urged the evacuation of 32,000 families living in risk areas and have offered refuge in municipal facilities, while others have had to stay in the homes of friends or relatives.

Likewise, the state government has announced the release of 93.1 million euros (100 million dollars) for the affected municipalities.

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Only from 11:00 p.m. on Friday and 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, 236 millimeters of rain per square meter were recorded in some areas of the city, according to Civil Defense, which represents more than 70 percent of the total May forecast for the city. .

Paulo Cámara has announced the appointment of 92 new members of the Fire Brigade who will assume their position as of June 6, with the aim of reinforcing the rescue of the victims of the floods, as reported by ‘O Globo’.

In addition, the Chamber has requested the support of personnel from the Armed Forces, as well as vessels and aircraft from the Brazilian Army.

For his part, the president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, said this Sunday through his social networks that he will visit Recife on Monday to “learn about the tragedy” in Pernambuco.

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