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Storm wreaks havoc in southern Brazil

October 7th, 2009

Rain and Argentina Stormhave left two people missing and caused severe damage this week, local authorities said Tuesday.

In the town of Barra do Ribeira, in the Southern state of Rio Grande do Sul, three people were trapped by the flood waters after their boat sank. One of them was rescued, while the other two were still missing.

A total of 31 towns declared a state of emergency in Rio Grandedo Sul, with over 140,000 people left without electricity because of the strong winds. In the town of Soledade, wind speed reached 113 km per hour.

In Rio Grande do Sul, nine municipalities registered hailstorms, with over 500 houses destroyed in the towns of Espumoso and Tio Hugo.

In the state of Parana, also in Southern Brazil, almost 10,000 people were affected, and 11 towns declared a state of emergency.

The state of Santa Catarina, bordered on the south by Rio Grande do Sul and on the north by Parana, registered winds of 106 km per hour, with 68 municipalities having declared a state of emergency.

The bad weather which has been hitting the region for several weeks has left three dead and 17 others injured.

Since early September, southern Brazil has been lashed by strong winds and rain following a tornado which hit Santa Catarina, where 135 people were killed by floods last year.

According to weather forecasts, inclement weather in the region will continue till the end of this week.

Source: Xinhua

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