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Rain leaves two dead in Santa Catarina

Two people died on Thursday night (16), in Taió, in the Itajaí Valley, in Santa Catarina, after the car they were in sank in an area flooded by rain. Four elderly people were in the vehicle.

According to the Fire Department, a resident went to the battalion and reported that the vehicle entered a flooded area and then sank completely. At the scene, a man and a woman, both elderly, held on to tree branches and were rescued conscious. Another woman, also elderly, was found in cardiorespiratory arrest and was taken to a health unit, but did not survive, according to the city’s City Hall. The fourth victim, also an elderly woman, was inside the car that was removed from the water.

Between the night of Wednesday (15) and the early hours of Thursday (16), a cluster of severe storms advanced through the Greater West region of Santa Catarina. The rain was caused by the action of a cold front in the South of Brazil, combined with the flow of a hot and humid air mass that came from the North of Brazil, according to information from Climatempo.

According to the state’s Civil Defense, significant volumes of rain were recorded mainly in the river basins of the regions of Vale do Itajaí, Planalto Sul, Grande Florianópolis and Grande Oeste on the border with Rio Grande do Sul. In these regions, many municipalities reached emergency levels and recorded several occurrences such as flooding, flash floods and gradual flooding. Between Friday (17) and Sunday (19) the risk of flooding, flash floods and floods remains very high.

Source: CNN Brasil

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