Landslides and floods kill at least 31 people in northeastern Brazil

BRAZIL – Landslides caused by heavy rains killed at least 29 people on Saturday in the state of Pernambuco in northeastern Brazil, authorities said. In Alagoas, another state in the region, two people died on Friday when they were swept away by a river flood.

More than 1,000 people have had to evacuate their homes because of the flooding in Pernambuco, civil defense officials said.

The executive secretary of the civil protection agency in Pernambuco, Lt. Col. Leonardo Rodrigues, said in a video posted to Instagram that about 32,000 families live in landslide- or flood-prone areas of the state.

Schools in the city of Recife have been opened to accommodate the homeless.

According to the state government, 33 communities in Alagoas have declared a state of emergency due to the effects of the heavy rainfall in recent days.

President Jair Bolsonaro said on Twitter that teams from the Department of Regional Development and the Armed Forces are being sent to the state and also to Alagoas to provide “aid and humanitarian assistance.”

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