Brazil: Dam collapses in Northeast; hundreds evacuated

In addition to the threat of flash floods resulting in the collapse of a dam in the Itambé agricultural region, rivers overflowed after weeks of heavy rainfall in Bahia, which recorded 6 times the average precipitation levels for December.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The Iguá dam collapsed in the Brazilian state of Bahia, in the Northeast of the country, after weeks of heavy rainfall that flooded the already rising local rivers, regional authorities said this weekend.

The dam is located near the city of Vitoria da Conquista, in southern Bahia, prompting authorities to evacuate residents at risk, mainly in the city of Itambé. No deaths or injuries have been reported for the moment.

"A dam collapsed with a large volume of water and a strong flash flood will affect the municipality of Itambé," the administrative unit posted on Instagram . . .

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