Heavy rains have caused severe flooding in southern Brazil. Numerous rescue teams have been dispatched to the southern state of Santa Catarina to help evacuate hundreds of families trapped in their homes. In the video footage released by the Santa Catarina civil protection unit, the effects of the floods can be seen, with rescuers’ helicopters flying over muddy waters and submerged houses up to the roof.
Rescue in Santa Caterina
The intervention of the helicopters was necessary to ensure that the firefighters could bring the families blocked by the water to safety. More than 880 people have been evacuated so far, authorities said. Santa Catarina officials have urged people to avoid road trips. A state of emergency has been declared in several cities in the area.
Flooding at this time of year throughout Brazil is common and has caused devastation in years past. In February, 94 people died from torrents of mud after heavy rains hit the historic Brazilian mountain city of Petropolis, near Rio de Janeiro.