Cyclone leaves 11 dead, 20 missing in southern Brazil

São Paulo, June 18 (BNA) At least 11 people died in the southern Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul after an extratropical cyclone hit the area on Friday, according to state authorities.

The government of Rio Grande do Sul said in a press release that the storm has caused heavy rains and helicopter searches are being conducted in the flooded neighborhoods to find 20 others who are missing.

The town of Kara, with a population of more than 8,000, was one of the hardest hit areas on the typhoon’s trail.

said the governor of Rio Grande do Sul, Eduardo Leite, who visited the region.

Authorities said McCain, a municipality on the East Coast, had received nearly a foot of rain as of Friday night.

Many residents in the affected areas have taken refuge in outdoor sports facilities in their cities. The authorities issued a warning of the dangers of landslides in several areas.

Letty says the authorities have carried out 2,400 rescues in the past two days.

“Our main goal in this first moment is to protect and save human lives. We are rescuing stranded people, locating the missing and providing all support to the families,” he said.

Deadly floods in Brazil are common and have caused devastation for decades.


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