In Brazil, floods have claimed over six hundred lives and made two hundred thousand homeless.?
In Brazil, floods have claimed over six hundred lives and made two hundred thousand homeless. States of emergency have been declared in Minas Gerais and Espirito Santo, and governors have appealed for federal aid to repa??? heavy damage to houses, bridges and roads.
SYNOPSIS: At the Paulo Afonso military airbase, in the state of Rio de Janeiro, emergency supplies ate being airlifted to stricken areas. The Brazilian government is expected to give about nearly seventy million (U.S.) dollars for flood relief and the country's Air Force has mounted its biggest ever civilian operation.
This part of the state of Rio de Janeiro is also under water. Another focal point of the relief operations is Vitoria -- capital of the small central state of Espirito Santo. More than six hundred and fifty personnel are involved in the emergency action, many of them volunteer doctors and helpers.
Almores is one of a hundred and forty cities and towns under water in the southern state of Minas Gerais. More than sixty thousand people in this state alone have been driven from their homes by the rising floodwaters. The Brazilian government airlifted more than a million doses of vaccine to the area following fears that stagnant floodwaters could cause an outbreak of typhoid.
In Rio de Janeiro state, a river burst its banks and inundated the town of Novo Friburgo. More than fifty people were killed, most of them buried under the rubble of their own homes.
Here, in Espirito Santo, the floods drove thousands more from their homes and cut supplies of food and electricity. Police have arrested several people for looting flooded shops.