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Minas Gerais registers second death due to rains

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Minas Gerais registers second death due to rains

The Civil Defense Coordination of Minas Gerais (Cedec-MG) recorded the death of a 71-year-old man on Saturday (26), in Bom Jesus do Galho, after he was dragged away by a flood resulting from the heavy rains that hit the municipality located in the Rio Doce region.

It is the second death caused by the rains in Minas Gerais since the end of September, when the rainy season that has hit the state began. The first death was reported in Piraúba, in the Zona da Mata region of Minas Gerais.

According to the latest balance, released this Tuesday (29) by the Civil Defense of Minas Gerais, 39 municipalities in Minas Gerais had the emergency situation recognized.

The number of homeless people, when there is damage or threat of damage to their homes and residents need public shelter, reaches 865, and there are 2,770 homeless people in the state – who had to vacate their homes as a result of the direct effects of the disaster, but found shelter in the homes of relatives or friends.

The deputy state coordinator of the Civil Defense of Minas Gerais, Lieutenant Colonel Sandro Corrêa, asked the population to be aware of signs that may indicate risks caused by the rains and the consequent waterlogging of the soil.

“At this time of intensification of the rainy season, with rains predicted for virtually the entire state, we ask people to be very careful with the phenomenon of soaking the soil. If the person observes signs such as upholstery on the floor, gaps in the wall and also upholstery and projection of mass in the ravines, he should be attentive. Also pay attention to the bad closing of doors and windows and also to the inclination of trees and poles”, warned Corrêa.

Regarding last weekend’s rains in the Jequitinhonha and Aço valleys, the lieutenant colonel added that Civil Defense teams have already been sent to the most affected cities. “We are also providing humanitarian aid and support to municipalities that have requested it.”

The Government of Minas Gerais, through the Military Office of the Governor (GMG) and Cedec-MG, has acted in all municipalities affected by the rains, providing humanitarian and technical support to mitigate the impacts in the affected cities.

Until last week, 1,833 basic baskets had been distributed, in addition to 424 mattresses, 1,053 hygiene kits (with soap, toilet paper, toothpaste, sanitary pads and toothbrush), 574 bedroom kits (with pillowcase, sheet, pillow and blanket) and another 2,661 miscellaneous items, such as mineral water, clothing, food, diapers, tarps, cleaning kits and others.

In addition to Minas Gerais, other states are on alert. The National Institute of Meteorology (Inmet) issued red alerts for the risk of rain exceeding 100 millimeters (mm) per day in the next 24 hours in São Paulo, Paraná and Santa Catarina.

The red alerts are for heavy rains, coastal winds and major flooding, which can cause overflowing rivers and landslides.

According to Inmet, the three states also have orange alerts for the risk of heavy rain and coastal winds ranging from 72 to 100 km/h.

Source: CNN Brasil

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