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Deadly floods in Brazil’s Rio Grande do Sul

May 8, 2024 - Rescuers are evacuating people stranded by devastating floods across the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul, with at least 90 people dead and thousands left homeless.

In Porto Alegre, a city of 1.3 million inhabitants, downtown streets were under water after the Guaiba River breached its banks with record water levels.

Porto Alegre residents faced empty supermarket shelves and closed gas stations, with shops rationing sales of mineral water. The city distributed water in trucks to hospitals and shelters.

The floods have also impacted water and electricity services, with more than 1.4 million affected overall, according to Civil Defence.

Almost half a million people were without power in Porto Alegre and outlying towns as electricity companies cut off supplies for security reasons in flooded neighbourhoods, according to Reuters.

PUBLISHED: 08/05/2024; STORY: Graphic News