The number of people who lost their lives in the flood disaster caused by heavy rains in Brazil is increasing.
Rio Grande do Sul Regional Governor Eduardo Leite said in a statement that 40 people died due to the flooding, 2,300 people were left homeless, 3,000 people were evacuated and more than 60 cities were affected by heavy rains.
“This situation definitely indicates an unusual event. The flood didn’t just hit the residents, it completely took over the entire city,” Leite said.
According to local media reports, most of the dead died as a result of electric shock or being dragged into the flood.
On the other hand, approximately 9.5 million people in Brazil live in areas with high risk of flooding or landslides.