Heavy rains in Brazil have killed at least 10 people, including a girl, when a rock fell on them

A torrential downpour in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais has killed at least 10 people in two days, according to an official report on Tuesday, warning of more heavy rains in the region. The killings came just three days after 10 others were killed when a large piece of rock was released from a ditch and Four tourist boats sank. In the same area.

According to the state Civil Defense Coordinator, one of the victims of the storm, an 11-year-old girl, died Sunday and Monday due to rain, flooding and landslides.

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On January 10, 2022, after heavy rains in recent days in the southeastern part of the country, people are removing water from their homes in the flooded Brazilian municipality of Juatoba in Minas Gerais on January 10, 2022. .

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Since the rains began in early October, 19 people have been killed in Brazil’s southeastern state, not including the 10 who died in the landslide.

However, meteorologist Esteel Sias told AFP that there was “definitely a link” between heavy rains and rock falls.

“It is a fact that long and heavy rains have caused water to seep into the rocks, causing the rocks to move and fall to the surface of the rock,” he said. “Several videos show that a few minutes ago rain falling under waterfalls in the region put a lot of pressure on the rocks.”

President Jair Bolsonaro Retweeted some of these videos. On his account, he said, “As soon as the disaster struck, the Brazilian navy rushed to the scene to rescue the victims and evacuate the wounded.” In a ___ StatementBolsonaro said officials would “investigate the causes and circumstances” of the fatal incident.

According to current figures, 17,237 people had to flee their homes or seek refuge due to the storm.

“January has been a difficult month for Minas Gerais because of the amount, and even more concentration, rain in a short time,” Paulo Brant, the state’s deputy governor, said in a video posted on Instagram.

“We should not curse the rains nor blame nature. The effects are largely due to past mistakes such as sprawl of cities, and sedimentation and pollution of rivers,” he said.

A mining dam overflowed on Saturday, disrupting traffic on a major highway for two days.

Local authorities announced on Tuesday that the French group Vallourec had been fined nearly ً 60 million three days later for “environmental damage”.

Of the 853 municipalities in Minas Gerais, 145 are in a state of emergency due to severe weather.

The home of Daniel Valeriano de Oliveira in the 26,000-town town of Juatoba, 30 miles from the state capital Belo Horizonte, was flooded Sunday morning.

“We lost everything. My wife and children got out of the house in a boat,” the logistics operator told AFP.

The Civil Defense warned that conditions in Minas Gerais on Tuesday could be “moderate to heavy rain with thunderstorms.”

Experts attribute the state of emergency to the South Atlantic Convergence Zone (SACZ), a common summer event that causes heavy rainfall in the region every year except La Nina – a pattern of climate in the Pacific Ocean. Which could affect the weather around the world – and the climate crisis.

For the past two months, Brazil has been hit by massive flooding, which has killed dozens of people and left thousands homeless, especially in the northeastern state of Bahia.

Heavy rain is forecast for the next 10 days and “unfortunately, that could mean. More disastersThe politician said.

Less rain is expected in the second half of January but “February and March will be more rainy seasons.”

The last two years have been extremely hot for the world, with historic heatwaves, the most frequent showers ever occurring, and the last two years being the two hottest in the history of the planet. It’s hard to separate a trend like ZCAS … with global warming, which is the fuel that drives extremes across the planet. “