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    Tubarao - a city of Santa Catarina State in Brazil - has been 90 per cent submerged by flood water for seven days.

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    Tubarao - a city of Santa Catarina State in Brazil - has been 90 per cent submerged by flood water for seven days.

    The armed forces have ordered evacuation of the 70,000 population.

    On Sunday (31 March), the Mayor of Tubarao told the survivors in a radio broadcast that officially, 200 bodies had been buried and at least another, 1,500 people were missing.

    The Tubarao floods are just a party of Brazil's worst flood disaster in living memory. On Sunday, the water started to recede in the area of Tubarao but in the Northern part of Brazil, other cities were reported to have been innundated.

    Ten states have been declared emergency zones. Unofficial estimates put the number of people without homes at around a quarter of a million.

    The latest centre of disaster is the densely populated valley of the River Tocantins inthe North. One third of the valley, including six towns, was reported to be under water.

    SYNOPSIS: Friday was Tubarao's fifth day under water. Ninety per cent of the city's dry land was inundated after a combination of two-and-a-half weeks of rain and heavy storms at sea forced the Tubarao River to break its banks. Virtually the whole of this Southern city's population has been made homeless. Communications with the outside world have been cut and the city is totally dependent on the Brazilian army for supplies.

    On Sunday, Tubarao's mayor, Irmoto Feruschutte, broadcast a message to the survivors. He told them that so far two hundred dead had been buried and another one thousand five hundred were missing. The army ordered that the city should be completely evacuated.

    Tubarao's disaster is just a small part of a nationwide disaster that has hit Brazil during the last few days. by sunday, ten states were declared emergency zones. Thousands of people are missing. Hundreds of dead have been hastily buried in mass graves. Unofficially a quarter of a million people are estimated to be homeless. The water in the South has begun to recede. But in the north, it is still rising. The densely populated River Tocantins valley in the Northern State of Para has become the new focus for rescue operations. One third of the valley, including six towns, is reported to be under water. Brazil's flood disaster is the country's worst in living memory.

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