The death toll in Brazil due to the passage of a cyclone rises to 22 – TalCual

Official sources from Brazil reported that the passage of an extratropical cyclone has significantly affected the state of Rio Grande do Sul. They detailed that the rainfall has flooded a good part of the Muçum municipality. Another of the most affected entities is Santa Catarina

Brazilian authorities reported that the number of deaths from the passage of an extratropical cyclone that has been advancing since Monday, September 4 through the southern region of that country has risen to 22. The states where fatalities have been recorded are Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina.

Eduardo Leite, governor of Rio Grande do Sul, bordering Argentina and Uruguay, pointed out that this is the region hardest hit by the cyclone. He pointed out that there are 21 deaths and around 4,000 evacuees. This is already the worst tragedy due to an extreme climatic event in Rio Grande do Sul, where until now the record of extratropical cyclones was rare.

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Around 60 municipalities in Rio Grande do Sul have suffered damage as a result of the strong gusts of wind and the large volume of rainfall, which has isolated entire communities as a result of floods and rising rivers.

According to the official report, the other deceased was reported in Santa Catarina. It was a man who died after a tree fell on the vehicle in which he was traveling.

Civil Defense reported that 15 of the 21 deaths reported in Rio Grande do Sul occurred in Muçum, where the rains have submerged a large part of the municipality under water and many residents have been forced to take refuge on the roofs of their houses.

Leite pointed out that the number of deaths may rise in the next few hours because on September 5 the water level began and this will allow the inspection of the rescue services in the most affected areas. “When the water goes down, we will see the damage” in all its magnitude, stated the governor, reported EFE.

The Brazilian president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, expressed this Tuesday his solidarity with the affected families and promised to “do everything possible to help the population” to overcome this moment.

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