Flooding could be worst natural disaster for Brazil in decades
Jan 13, 2011
Heavy rains that catalyzed floods and landslides beginning on Tuesday in Brazil now threaten to develop into the country's worst natural disaster in decades as the death toll climbs to 375, reports Reuters.
The news source reports that the Serrana region near Rio de Janeiro received what amounts to a month's worth of rain in just 24 hours, burying houses, bridges and roads beneath torrential landslides.
"It's like an earthquake struck some areas...There are three or four neighborhoods that were totally destroyed in rural areas. There are hardly any houses standing there and all the roads and bridges are destroyed," Teresopolis mayor Jorge Mario told the news source.
According to Reuters, the damage could heighten the already high food prices that have been challenging the government as of late.
The FAO estimates that 44 million people, roughly 25 percent of the Brazilian population, live on a daily income that amounts to less than $1.06. The majority of those experiencing food insecurity are concentrated in the north and northeast.