Brazil, floods and floods in the state of Sao Paulo: at least 36 dead

A state of emergency has been declared in the affected areas. The death toll from the severe storm accompanied by record rainfall that hit several coastal towns in the state of Sao Paulo in Brazil during the Carnival weekend has risen to at least 36. According to the authorities, these are provisional numbers that will probably increase as the hours go by. So far, 35 deaths have been recorded in the municipality of Sao Sebastiao, located about 200 km from São Paulo, and a little girl has died further north, in the coastal city of Ubatuba.

No water and electricity

“Unfortunately, we will have many more deaths,” said the head of the Civil Protection of the state of São Paulo, Henguel Pereira, quoted by the Brazilian newspaper Folha de S.Paulo. About 228 people remained displaced and another 338 evacuated in this region of the south-east of the country, where a state of emergency has been declared in five municipalities. The number of wounded and missing has not yet been specified by the authorities, who are working to rescue the survivors. In some cities there is a lack of water and electricity. The storms also caused flooding and landslides that affected traffic on at least three highways.