Dams burst in northeastern Brazil as region hit by floods

By Means Of Leonardo Benassatto and Amanda Perobelli

ITABUNA, Brazil -Two dams gave method in the northeastern Brazilian state of Bahia after weeks of heavy rains, swamping already swollen local rivers as flooding hit towns across the area, authorities mentioned on Sunday.

The Igua dam, on the Verruga river close to the town of Vitoria da Conquista in southern Bahia, collapsed on Saturday night, forcing authorities to evacuate residents, principally in the the city of Itambe.

A 2nd dam gave option to emerging water levels in Jussiape, 100 kilometers to the north, on Sunday morning, bringing more alerts for residents to transport to safer ground.

There had been no studies of deaths or injuries due to the dam screw ups, although bridges and roads were damaged.

Further against the coast in Itabuna, a city of 2 HUNDRED,000 inhabitants, fireplace brigade teams rescued residents trapped in their houses within the downtown house that used to be below water, Reuters reporters said.

“It’s crazy by the bridge, there are waves nearly 2 meters high,” shopkeeper Luiz Constancia instructed Reuters.

Rescuers rowed dinghies along flooded streets to reach trapped families or take them provides. One man paddled on an inflatable mattress to achieve a home.

Residents mentioned the extent of the Cachoeira river that runs via the city positioned 30 kms from the coastal port town of Ilheus was the top in 50 years.

In Vitoria da Conquista, Mayor Sheila Lemos, stated all residents as regards to the collapsed Igua dam have been evacuated.

In a posting at the town’s web page, Lemos mentioned the flooding threatened to chop off the BR-116 highway, a major truck direction among northeastern and southern Brazil.

Bahia Governor Rui Castro said no less than 400,000 other people have been impacted by means of the heavy rains and heaps evacuated from some 67 cities dealing with emergency scenarios as a result of floods because of heavy rainfall for just about two months.

“Hundreds of individuals have needed to leave their homes since the water rose one or two meters, even 3 meters in some puts,” he informed journalists on Saturday.

The rains have led to 18 deaths in Bahia for the reason that beginning of November, including a 60-yr-old ferry owner who drowned at the swollen Rio das Contas river, civil safety officials mentioned.

In the state capital of Salvador, climate officers stated December rainfall has been six occasions more than the common.

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