CNN

Death toll from heavy rain in northeastern Brazil rises to 91

May 30, 2022, 12:48 PM | Updated: Jun 8, 2022, 3:25 pm
Firefighters and volunteers pictured, in Jaboatao dos Guararapes, Brazil, on May 28 as at least 56 ...
Firefighters and volunteers pictured, in Jaboatao dos Guararapes, Brazil, on May 28 as at least 56 people have died in Brazil's northeastern state of Pernambuco amid heavy rains over the weekend, according to the state's civil defense forces. (Genival Paparazzi/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock)
(Genival Paparazzi/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock)

(CNN) — Residents in Brazil’s northeastern state of Pernambuco were bracing for more days of heavy rain after at least 91 people were killed as downpours triggered floods and landslides, according to the Civil Defense.

A further 26 people are still reported missing, said the Civil Defense on Twitter.

The state governor, Paulo Câmara, said that many more people could be unaccounted for.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro spoke to the press after visiting the area on Monday.

“Unfortunately, these catastrophes happen,” Bolsonaro said during a press conference, saying “similar problems” happened before in other cities affected by heavy floods.

“We flew over the affected area, tried to land but, following recommendation from the pilots, decided not to due to inconsistency of the soil,” Bolsonaro told reporters.

Since heavy rains began on Wednesday, nearly 4,000 have lost their houses, according to CNN Brasil. Fourteen municipalities have declared a state of emergency.

The Pernambuco civil defense has urged residents living in high-risk areas around the city of Recife to seek shelter elsewhere after the rain caused landslides there. Schools in Recife have opened to shelter displaced families.

Brazil’s northeast has been suffering from exceptionally high volumes of rain, officials say. Some areas have registered more rain in a 24-hour period over the weekend than the total volume expected for the month of May.

Some parts of the state had a reprieve from the rain Monday as showers moved toward the coast, but Pernambuco is forecast to get another 30-60 mm of rain in the next two days, while isolated areas could see over 100 mm. The region could experience more than half a month’s worth of rainfall in just four days, between Saturday over the weekend until the end of Tuesday.

Gusts — which can lead to power outages and falling debris — could also be as high has 100 kph.

The weekend downpour triggered the fourth major flooding event in five months in Brazil, according to a Reuters report, which highlighted a lack of urban planning in low-income neighborhoods throughout much of the country. Favelas — slums or shantytowns — are often erected on hillsides prone to giving way, usually outside major cities.

In December, downpours caused two dams to burst in nearby Bahia state, killing dozens and submerging entire streets.

Câmara, the state governor, said on Twitter that his office had made 100 million Brazilian reals ($21 million) available to help the areas affected by the rain.

Seven other Brazilian states have offered to help and sent rescue teams to Pernambuco, according to CNN Brasil.

The climate crisis is making destructive extreme weather more common globally. As temperatures rise, the mean amount of rain in this part of Brazil is actually projected to decrease, but extreme rain events are expected to occur more frequently and intensely, according to scientific projections published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

That means some parts of Brazil will experience more prolonged droughts as well as more frequent and extreme rainfall events, which together make it more vulnerable to floods.

Why landslides occur is more complex, but they often happen during heavy rainfall in areas that have been overly deforested and built upon.


The-CNN-Wire
™ & © 2022 Cable News Network, Inc., a WarnerMedia Company. All rights reserved.

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

CNN

A 9-year-old boy dressed nicely...
CNN

9-year-old boy graduates high school

Nine-year-old David Balogun received his diploma from Reach Cyber Charter School in Harrisburg after taking classes remotely.
11 hours ago
Edgardo Greco, a convicted murderer linked to Italy's most powerful organized crime group, the 'Ndr...
Barbie Nadeau

Mafia boss found working as pizza boss after 16 years on the run

The Italian anti-Mafia police have arrested another mobster on the run where he was working under the alias Paolo Dimitrio as a pizzaiolo -- or pizza chef.
1 day ago
FILE: A Frontier airlines plane lands at the Miami International Airport on June 16, 2021 in Miami,...
Zoe Sottile

Frontier Airlines announces new unlimited summer flight pass

Frontier Airlines has announced its newest incentive to get travelers back in the air post-pandemic: An unlimited summer flight pass that costs $399.
1 day ago
Born on May 11, 1992, Bobi is 30 years and 268 days old. (Guinness World Records)...
Amarachi Orie

Meet, Bobi. The new official world’s oldest living dog

Sorry, Spike. There's a new world's oldest living dog, and he's the oldest ever recorded
1 day ago
Flames erupt after a train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio, on February 3. (Courtesy Kevin Csern...
Rebekah Riess and Hannah Sarisohn

Train derailment in northeastern Ohio sparks massive fire

A train derailment and resulting large fire have prompted an evacuation order in an Ohio village near the Pennsylvania state line.
1 day ago
In this photo provided by Brian Branch, a large balloon drifts above the Kingstown, N.C. area, with...
Zachary Cohen

US military has shot down the Chinese spy balloon off US East Coast, US official says

The US military has shot down the suspected Chinese surveillance balloon over the Atlantic Ocean off the Eastern Seaboard of the United States, a US official said Saturday.
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

vintage photo of lighting showroom featuring chandeliers, lamps, wall lights and mirrors...
Lighting Design

History of Lighting Design | Over 25 Years of Providing Utah With the Latest Trends and Styles

Read about the history of Lighting Design, a family-owned and operated business that paved the way for the lighting industry in Utah.
Fiber Optical cables connected to an optic ports and Network cables connected to ethernet ports...
Brian Huston, CE and Anthony Perkins, BICSI

Why Every Business Needs a Structured Cabling System

A structured cabling system benefits businesses by giving you faster processing speeds and making your network more efficient and reliable.
notebook with password notes highlighted...
PC Laptops

How to Create Strong Passwords You Can Actually Remember

Learn how you can create strong passwords that are actually easy to remember! In a short time you can create new ones in seconds.
house with for rent sign posted...
Chase Harrington, president and COO of Entrata

Top 5 Reasons You May Want to Consider Apartment Life Over Owning a Home

There are many benefits of renting that can be overshadowed by the allure of buying a home. Here are five reasons why renting might be right for you.
Festive kitchen in Christmas decorations. Christmas dining room....
Lighting Design

6 Holiday Decor Trends to Try in 2022

We've rounded out the top 6 holiday decor trends for 2022 so you can be ahead of the game before you start shopping. 
Happy diverse college or university students are having fun on their graduation day...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

How to Choose What MBA Program is Right for You: Take this Quiz Before You Apply!

Wondering what MBA program is right for you? Take this quiz before you apply to see if it will help you meet your goals.
Death toll from heavy rain in northeastern Brazil rises to 91