Flooding in southern Brazil strands hundreds, some rescued by helicopter | Inquirer News

Flooding in southern Brazil strands hundreds, some rescued by helicopter

/ 01:26 PM December 02, 2022
Volunteers search for residents after heavy rains in Santa Catarina

Volunteers search for residents after heavy rains in Canelinha, in Santa Catarina state, Brazil, December 1, 2022. REUTERS/Anderson Coelho

SAO PAULO — Heavy rains caused serious flooding in southern Brazil on Thursday, where rescuers in the southern state of Santa Catarina were dispatched to help evacuate hundreds of families trapped in their homes.

Video footage provided by Santa Catarina’s civil defense unit showed helicopters flying over muddy water that had submerged houses up to the roofline.

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Heavy rains in Santa Catarina state

Firefighters work on the rescue of residents after heavy rains in Sao Pedro de Alcantara, in Santa Catarina state, Brazil December 1, 2022. Corpo de Bombeiros Militar de Santa Catarina/Handout via REUTERS

Helicopters hovered above some houses so firefighters could lift families to safety. Over 880 people have been evacuated so far, authorities said.

Santa Catarina officials called on people to avoid road travel, as a state of emergency was declared in several cities.

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Flooding at this time of the year around Brazil is common and has caused devastation for decades.

In February, 94 people died in mudslides after heavy rains in the historic Brazilian mountain town of Petropolis, near Rio de Janeiro.

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