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Dozen die in Southern Brazil storm


Rio de Janeiro – Storms in southern Brazil have led to at least a dozen fatalities over the previous days.

President Jair Bolsonaro flew in a helicopter over the affected region around the city of Florianopolis on the weekend to assess the situation.

Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul were hit by severe storms during the week. The civil defence authorities called it an “extratropical cyclone” in connection with a cold front.

Numerous houses were damaged and the state of Santa Catarina declared a state of emergency.

On Brazilian television, a roof in Santa Catarina’s capital Florianopolis could be seen as it was ripped away completely.

The storm caused landslides and more than 1.3 million households were temporarily affected by power outages in Santa Catarina alone.


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