Brazil floods engulf state of Rio Grande do Sul

Relentless rains have brought horrendous flooding to the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul. Read more about the Brazil floods below. Image via CIRA.

Brazil floods inundate state

The state of Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil has experienced historic flooding over the past week. At least 29 people have died in the floods with 60 more missing. The governor of the state, Eduardo Leite, called it a “war situation” in his request for help. The city of Lajeado suffered an especially devastating blow, with the Taquari River a full 13 feet (4 meters) above its previous record flood stage from 1941. As you can see in the images here, the 111 feet (34 meters) of floodwaters have covered most of the city.

On May 2, 2024, the military in Brazil reported the partial collapse of a dam on the Rio das Antas. It recommended residents of Santa Tereza near the local rivers leave the area as quickly as possible. In some locations, helicopters have rescued people from the roofs of their homes.

Dire situation in Brazil

The translation of the post below says:

Taquari Bridge.

One of the most important bridges connecting the interior of the state of RS to the capital, the Taquari River bridge on BR386 currently has water at its edge.

In the images, photos of the bridge now, morning of May 2 and the comparison of the distance from the waters on a normal day.

Other floods around the world

Brazil is not alone in suffering from floods at the moment. In Europe, areas in Germany and the Netherlands are also dealing with flooding.

In the Middle East, places such as Oman and Iran also had floodwaters sweep into cities.

And in southeastern Texas, one driver tried to navigate through a flooded parking lot but accidentally drove into a creek. Remember when you encounter a flooded road: Turn around, don’t drown. Fortunately she was okay.

Bottom line: Brazil floods have inundated the state of Rio Grande do Sul, with houses washed away and rescues ongoing. Floods have been raging in other parts of the world as well.

Read more: Extreme rainfall and flooding as Earth warms

May 3, 2024

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