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Friday, May 3, 2024

FLOOD VIDEO: Old woman and her dog seen sitting helpless in the flooded house after heavy rain in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

Information reaching Kossyderrickent has it that Old woman and her dog seen sitting helpless in the flooded house after heavy rain in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.

A hydroelectric dam has collapsed in southern Brazil after days of heavy rains that triggered massive flooding, killing more than 30 people.

Officials say another 60 people are missing in Rio Grande do Sul state.

About 15,000 residents have fled their homes since Saturday. At least 500,000 people are without power and clean water across the state.

The burst dam triggered a two-metre (6.6ft) wave, causing panic and further damage in the already flooded areas.

The dam is located between the municipality of Cotiporã and the city of Bento Gonçalves.

The extreme weather has been caused by a rare combination of hotter than average temperatures, high humidity and strong winds.

Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has visited the region, promising help from the central government. The mayor of Sinimbu told the G1 news site that her town was living through "a nightmare".

In Candelária, residents took to the roofs of their homes as their houses filled with water.

Bridges have collapsed and more than 20 streets rendered impassable, making it hard for emergency services to reach the affected areas.

Meteorologists have predicted further rains to fall in the region as a cold front moves across it.

Last year, more than 30 people were killed in a cyclone in Rio Grande do Sul.

Brazil's National Institute of Meteorology attributed the increased intensity and frequency of rainfall to the climate phenomenon El Niño.

The Blang dam, on the Caí River, in São Francisco de Paula, is in an emergency situation. Leite said he spoke with the general director of the National Electric Energy Agency (Aneel), Sandoval Feitosa, to ask that the dam's emergency action plan be put into motion, to remove those who live near that area. 

The possible collapse of the dam could affect the municipalities of São Francisco de Paula, Canela, Gramado, Nova Petrópolis, Vale Real and Feliz. Another water supply dam in Bento Gonçalves is being monitored by the state government.

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