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At least 6 dead as a month’s worth of rain hits Espirito Santo in just one day, Brazil

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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.

Featured image credit: Government of Espirito Santo

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