October 31, 2020

At least three dead in southern Brazil from strong winds and rains



At least three people died on Tuesday due to strong winds and rains that punish the Brazilian state of Santa Catarina, in the south of the country and on the border with Argentina, the regional Fire Department reported.

According to firefighters, an old woman died in the city of Chapecó, in the north of the state, when a tree fell on her; while in Santo Amaro da Imperatriz, in the Florianópolis metropolitan region – the regional capital – a man was electrocuted by cables that were knocked down by a tree.

The third fatality was recorded in Tijucas, also in the Florianópolis metropolitan region, when a structure fell off a man trying to protect himself from heavy rains.

According to the emergency agencies, the combination of winds and rains became what is known as a “cyclone bomb”, which reached speeds of up to 100 kilometers per hour and wreaked havoc in several cities in that agricultural and industrial state .

The electric company Celesc indicated that 1.5 million consumer units (residences and factories) had the power service interrupted due to the damage caused to the grid by the cyclone, which must maintain its intensity until the early hours of Wednesday, according to weather reports.

Half of the city of Florianópolis remained until the beginning of the night with the electricity service interrupted.

The Highway Police, meanwhile, reported that the fall of trees interrupted traffic on several roads and highways.

The Civil Defense and Firefighters of Santa Catarina, one of the regions that suffer the most from the rains in Brazil, intensified their work in the regions with high risk of landslides and where some residences had breakdowns.

Damage was also recorded in cars impacted by falls from trees and structures.

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