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36 killed as deadly storms hit Brazilian cities

The Nepal Weekly
February 21, 2023

Authorities in the Brazilian state of São Paulo informed that at least 36 people have been killed in heavy flooding and landslides, forcing some cities to cancel annual Carnival celebrations.

The video showed neighbourhoods under water, flooded motorways and debris left after houses were swept away. Rescue teams have been struggling to reach survivors and unblock roads. More than 600mm (23.6 inches) of rain fell in some areas on Sunday, twice the expected amount for the month.

The state government reported at least 35 deaths in São Sebastião and the mayor of Ubatuba, some 80km (50 miles) northeast, said a young woman was killed. Hundreds have been displaced and evacuated.

Meanwhile, officials say another 228 people have been left homeless, with 338 more evacuated from coastal regions north of São Paulo. A 180-day state of calamity was declared in six towns in the state: São Sebastião, Caraguatatuba, Ilhabela, Ubatuba, Guarujá and Bertioga. More heavy rain is expected in the area, threatening to make conditions even worse for evacuation teams.