Extremely heavy rains hit southern Brazil on January 17 and 18, 2020, destroying homes and businesses, and leaving at least 6 people dead in Espirito Santo. Several others are feared missing.
Nearly 250 mm (9.8 inches) fell in Alfredo Chaves town in 24 hours to January 18. This is more than the average for the entire month of January -- 208 mm (8.2 inches).
The rain triggered severe flooding, with floodwaters in some areas up to 2 m (6.6 feet) deep. Raging floodwaters damaged numerous buildings, infrastructure, and vehicles.
According to the state's fire service, the severe weather claimed at least six lives, while several others are still feared missing.
Iconha mayor reported that almost all of the town's shops were destroyed.
The state government said firefighters were still rescuing trapped people and searching for missing others.
On January 18, Espirito Santo governor Renato Casagrande visited the worst-affected municipalities of Iconha, Alfredo Chaves, and Vargem Alta.
Outras postagens sobre o incidente em Iconha- ES pic.twitter.com/H6zpPxdo5V— BombeiroMilitarES (@bombeirosES) January 18, 2020
ESTAMOS TRISTES— BombeiroMilitarES (@bombeirosES) January 18, 2020
Temos 6 óbitos confirmados nas chuvas que aconteceram no sul do Estado do Espírito Santo.
Nossas equipes continuam realizando o máximo de esforços possíveis para salvaguardar a população capixaba. pic.twitter.com/HwbxYkHw32
O governador do Estado, Renato Casagrande, está em Iconha, onde acompanha o trabalho das equipes da Defesa Civil Estadual e do Corpo de Bombeiros na assistência às pessoas atingidas pelas fortes chuvas na região sul do Espírito Santo. pic.twitter.com/sVcPKmdbXf— GovernoES (@GovernoES) January 18, 2020
Chove forte em Iconha- ES— BombeiroMilitarES (@bombeirosES) January 18, 2020
Alagamento em grande parte do município com múltiplos chamados. Pessoas desabrigadas. Informações sendo levantadas
Equipes realizando o máximo de ações de salvamento possíveis pic.twitter.com/RYuNmIbEtM
Featured image credit: Government of Espirito Santo
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