More than 20 dead and thousands displaced as heavy rain triggers floods and landslides in Brazil

Jan 31, 2022, 3:20 PM | Updated: Jun 8, 2022, 3:21 pm
View of Franco da Rocha, flooded after heavy rains, in Sao Paulo state, Brazil, Sunday, Jan 30, 202...
View of Franco da Rocha, flooded after heavy rains, in Sao Paulo state, Brazil, Sunday, Jan 30, 2022. At least 19 people have died in cities in the interior of Brazil's largest state, Sao Paulo, after landslides caused by heavy rains that have hit the region since Saturday. (AP Photo/Orlando Junior-Futura Press)
(AP Photo/Orlando Junior-Futura Press)

(CNN) — At least 24 people have died since Friday after heavy rain battered São Paulo, triggering floods and landslides across the Brazilian state.

More than 1,546 families have also been displaced, according to a statement released by the State Civil Defense, which also said that at least eight children were among the dead.

Authorities have deployed a working group of firefighters, military police and civil defense personnel to support the mayors of the cities that have been impacted, said São Paulo Governor João Doria on Sunday.

Images from the municipality of Franco da Rocha showed parts of major roads submerged, while others showed rescue workers digging through debris in search of survivors and valuable belongings after a landslide destroyed homes.

Some 15 million reais (about $2.8 million) will be allocated to the 10 most-affected municipalities, according to a statement from Doria’s office.

“(The funds) may be used to repair chronic urban problems in the municipalities that generate inconveniences such as flooding points and landslides,” the statement said.

The southern part of Brazil has been experiencing an increase in average rainfall, as well as extreme rain events, since the 1960s, partly because of increases in global greenhouse gas emissions and the depletion of the atmosphere’s ozone layer, according to the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change.

The intensity and frequency of extreme rain events and flooding are expected to increase in this area the more the Earth warms.

Northeastern Brazil has also been battling heavy rains since December.

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More than 20 dead and thousands displaced as heavy rain triggers floods and landslides in Brazil