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Floods lead Acre government to declare public health emergency

The government of Acre declared a public health emergency due to the high volume of rain that has affected the state since February 21st. River floods affect 19 municipalities. In some places there are submerged houses.

In the cities of Brasileira and Jordão, for example, overflow reached historic highs. In the capital Rio Branco, the level of the Acre River reached 17.52 meters this Saturday (2). It is the fifth biggest brand in history. The record was recorded in 2015, when it reached 18.35 meters.

Related news: River levels rise and increase risks in Acre, points out the Geological Service. Victims of the rains in Acre will receive kits with medicines and supplies. The decree establishing the public health emergency was published on Friday (1st) and is valid for 180 days. During this period, the State Department of Health (Sesacre) will have greater flexibility to direct resources to meet public health demands. The department is also authorized to make decisions that enable the execution of administrative measures considered urgent.

Floods can bring several health risks. Among the dangers are infections, such as leptospirosis and dengue. Furthermore, difficulty accessing water and food can have impacts on health. Likewise, the interruption of treatments in Basic Health Units in the affected regions raises additional concerns. In the long term, the debris and debris generated increase the risk of accidents with venomous animals, such as scorpions, spiders and snakes.

According to data from the Acre government, at least 11 thousand people are homeless. The ministers of Regional Integration and Development, Waldez Góes, and of the Environment and Climate Change, Marina Silva, are expected to visit the affected areas in the coming days.

Source: CNN Brasil

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