Heavy rains and deadly landslides hit Manaus, Brazil

Heavy rains and deadly landslides hit Manaus, Brazil

On March 12, 2023, torrential downpours wreaked havoc in the state capital of Manaus, located in northwestern Brazil’s Amazonas region. The heavy rains triggered devastating landslides, particularly in the Jorge Teixeira neighborhood, where at least 11 houses were destroyed.

The rainfall on March 12 was particularly intense, with almost 100 mm (3.9 inches) of precipitation in a brief period. Consequently, over 120 incidents were reported across Manaus.

In light of the severe situation, Mayor David Almeida announced his intention to declare a state of calamity to expedite aid and resources to the affected communities.

Tragically, eight people lost their lives as they were buried under the rubble and debris. Local authorities, however, managed to rescue three individuals alive.

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Emergency crews worked tirelessly to evacuate the area and provide support to families still present at the scene. As a result of the landslides, approximately 130 houses in the Jorge Teixeira neighborhood were deemed unsafe or at risk, forcing many families to evacuate.

Those displaced by the disaster have been temporarily housed in a nearby school. Neila Sardinha, the director of Special Social Protection, stated that the government is conducting social registration for the affected families and addressing their most urgent needs. The families will continue to receive assistance until they are granted Rent Allowance, enabling them to leave the school and rent a new home.

References:

1 Brazil – 8 Killed, Homes Destroyed After Landslide in Manaus, Amazonas – FloodList – March 14, 2023

Featured image credit: Reuters (stillshot)

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