Petrópolis In Brazil last week was hit by heavy rainfall. More than 100 people have died and the city has been left in ruins. Photo: Tânia Rêgo / Agência Brasil. Source: Wikimedia.


Destruction in Brazilian Petrópolis after heavy rainfall

Hundreds of people are missing and 120 people have died after a landslide and heavy rainfall in the Brazilian city of Petrópolis. Climate change is a contributing factor to extreme weather.

It has happened 26 landslides in several different areas and lika a lot of rain that usually falls throughout february fell in just 6 hours on tuesday last week. The large amount of torrential rain meant that the ground did not have time absorb the water. The infrastructure in the city can not cope with such extreme weather and several hundred houses have been destroyed, writes DN.

Many of the deaths were due to people getting stuck in buses that were filled with water. About twenty people have been excavated alive from the mud, and people continue to dig for their loved ones. 200 people are still missing, but with further rain showers on Friday, the rescue work was forced to be interrupted. Experts say that these storms that have hit Brazil several times in the last three months have gotten worse and that it is due to climate change. President Jair Bolsonaro has visited the city and will spend one billion kronor on rebuilding it.

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