An extratropical cyclone hit the south of Brazil. The province of Rio Grande do Sul was flooded by heavy rain on Friday, causing flooding in many cities. At least 11 people have died in the floods and 20 are still missing.
An extratropical cyclone hit the southern regions of Brazil on Friday. The storm moved over the state of Rio Grande do Sul, bringing with it heavy rainfall. Rivers overflowed their banks, flooding towns.
Thousands of rescues
At least 11 people were killed in the floods, regional authorities said on Saturday. An aerial search operation is still being carried out in the region – 20 people remain missing. Provincial governor Eduardo Leite said 2,400 rescues were carried out in the aftermath of the cyclone.
– Our main goal is to protect and save human lives. We save the orphaned, locate the missing and provide full support to the families, the politician said on Saturday.
One of the worst-affected towns is the city of Caraa, with over 8,000 inhabitants, where the floods have caused great damage. The city of Sao Leopoldo was also completely flooded – aerial photos show flooded streets and flooded houses.
Many people from the cyclone-affected areas took refuge in sports facilities in their cities. Mudslide warnings are in effect in some regions.
Main photo source: Reuters