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Brazil’s Alagoas state has 50 municipalities in emergency because of rains

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The state of Alagoas recognized the emergency situation in 15 more municipalities due to the rains in the region.

With the measure, the state has about 50 cities in abnormal condition since May, when there was an increase in the damage caused by floods and the number of homeless people.

The decree published on July 2 declares the emergency for 180 days in the municipalities of Atalaia, Branquinha, Cacimbinhas, Cajueiro, Capela, Limoeiro de Anadia, Murici, Pão de Açúcar, Paulo Jacinto, Santana do Mundaú, São José da Laje, Satuba, Taquarana, União dos Palmares, and Viçosa.

The Paraíba and Mundaú rivers overflowed and rose two meters in height.
The Paraíba and Mundaú rivers overflowed and rose two meters in height. (Photo: internet reproduction)

Before the measure, an emergency was decreed in at least 35 municipalities.

According to a balance sheet released by the Civil Defense, 40,000 displaced and homeless people are being taken to schools, gymnasiums, and public buildings.

The Paraíba and Mundaú rivers overflowed and rose two meters in height. The highways BR-104 and BR-101, which head toward Sergipe and Pernambuco, were blocked.

According to the National Institute of Meteorology (Inmet), the month of July will have above-average rainfall in the east of the Northeast and the north of the Northeast region. The predicted volumes should be above 140 mm.

A team from the National Civil Defense was deployed on July 2 to support the municipalities affected by the rains.

With information from Agência Brasil

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