Floods leave at least 400 homeless in Rio de Janeiro

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At least ten cities in the North and Northwest regions of Rio de Janeiro suffer from the impact of the rains and floods of rivers that cross the localities and leave a balance of 400 homeless. Just over the weekend, according to the State Civil Defense, the Fire Department was called for more than 150 occurrences.

In cities like Natividade and Itaperuna, there are images of intense flooding on the main roads, houses partially submerged and the use of tractors and heavy machinery to reopen blocked roads. In Itaperuna, nearly 50 homes were affected and there are 40 displaced and 14 homeless, according to the municipality.

In Natividade, 52 homes were affected. Five families are in municipal shelter, two on temporary rent and there are 43 homeless.

According to the state government, the rains caused blockages in at least five points on the roads in Rio de Janeiro, mainly in the mountainous region. In part of RJ-146, in the stretch between Santa Maria Madalena and Trajano de Moraes, the asphalt gave way.

The Department of Roads and Highways (DER), a state agency, works on clearing roads and emergency containment of slopes, in partnership with the municipalities involved.

According to the State Civil Defense, there were overflows in three rivers with sources in Minas Gerais, but passing through the state: Carangola, Muriaé and Pomba, in addition to Paraíba do Sul, which originates in São Paulo but passes through Minas Gerais. The folder continues to monitor the level of rivers.

Photos – Rains wreak havoc in cities in Rio de Janeiro

The cities affected by the floods are Aperibé, Bom Jesus do Itabapoana, Cambuci, Italva, Itaocara, Itaperuna, Laje do Muriaé, Natividade, Porciúncula and Santo Antônio de Pádua, all in the North and Northwest.

Reference: CNN Brasil

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