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Salvador on high alert as more than a month’s worth of rain falls in three hours, Brazil

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More than a month's worth of rain fell in a 3-hour period in Salvador, capital of Bahia State on Tuesday, November 26, 2019, putting the city on high alert.

The city's Civil Defense said the rain dumped 169 mm (7 inches) of rain in the morning. The monthly average for November is 106.5 mm (4 inches).

The office added that the neighborhoods of Liberdade and Sao Caetano registered more than 250 mm (10 inches) in three hours. Warnings had been issued promptly for the torrential rain, and it included the sounding of sirens in some districts.

Heavy rains produced flooding and landslides across the city, leaving streets flooded and around 100 homes damaged. The Civil Defense reported over 300 weather-related incidents. Portions of the city are vulnerable to landslides, so nearly 300 residents were displaced. No fatalities were reported.

The government of Salvador previously conducted a series of risk prevention projects across the city, safeguarding slopes and installing geomats.

"We faced one of the worst rains of the year on Tuesday. We spent the whole year with preventive actions such as installing geomantic blankets, a simple and fast slope protection solution. We still have many challenges, but we have achieved our main goal: to preserve lives," Salvador City Hall said.

Federal Deputy Joseildo Ramos advised residents in the capital of Bahia to avoid travel and stay in a safe place. "In an emergency, such as a threat of landslides or landslides, call Salvador Civil Defense at 199," he posted on his social media account.

Salvador City Hall said crews are working on the streets to ensure that normal daily routine will resume for families affected by the rain. "The work will not stop, especially to preserve lives," the office stated.

Featured image credit: @ joseildoramos/Twitter

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