At least 18 killed by rains in northeastern Brazil

floods in Brazil leave 18 dead and 246 wounded

Editorial Dept. Voz de la Diaspora

BRAZIL – The heavy rains that have hit northeastern Brazil since the end of November have left at least 18 dead, 286 injured and 2 missing, in addition to some 16.000 victims, only in the state of Bahia, according to the report of this Monday of the regional authorities.

The Government of Bahia, indicated without specifying the dates that 19.580 people had to leave their homes, of which 16.001 they lost their homes, having to be temporarily housed in coliseums and camps.

The most affected city has been the tourist Ilheus, on the southern coast of Bahia, which concentrates most of the 430.869 people who have been affected in one way or another, not only for the destruction of houses and businesses, but also because of its isolation, unable to move or receive food and medicine.

In bahia 72 municipalities declared a state of emergency due to the rains, that during the extremely hot days of summer usually appear at the end of the afternoon with thunderstorms and despite being fast and fleeting, its intensity and strength wreak greater havoc than winter.