Flooding and landslides – brought on by 223.7 inches of rain during 24-hour period – kill 36 people in Brazil as authorities search for at least 40 missing residentsThe northern coast of the Brazilian state of São Paulo registered 223.7 inches of rain between Saturday and SundayThe storm produced flooding and landslides that left 36 people dead in the cities of São Sebastião and UbatubaAt least 1,730 residents were forced to evacuate from their homes and 766 were left homelessBy Adry Torres For Dailymail.com
Published: 17:09, 20 February 2023 | Updated: 18:28, 20 February 2023
At least 36 people have been confirmed dead after the northern coast of the Brazilian state of São Paulo was hit by flooding and landslides over the weekend.
The São Paulo state government reported that 35 residents were killed in the municipality of Sao Sebastião. Police said four of the victims were minors.
A seven-year-old girl was found dead under a rock at her home in the nearby city of Ubatuba.
The storm displaced 1,730 residents and left 766 homeless, according to the São Paulo state government.
Rescue teams were working around clock Monday in search of at least 40 residents, who were reported missing in the cities of Barra do Sahy and Juquehy.
Vehicles were left lying on a beach in the Brazilian city of São Sebastião, where 35 residents were killed by flooding and landslides caused by heavy rainfall Saturday and Sunday
Resident in the São Sebastião, a city in the Brazilian state of São Paulo, form a human chain to rescue babies from a flooded home on Sunday
Debris is swept away by rain fall in São Paulo, Brazil, where at least 36 residents were killed and another 40 have been reported missing following a heavy storm that passed through the state’s northern coast
The heavy storm drenched 13 cities along the northern coast with 223.7 inches of rain between Saturday and Sunday, surpassing the volume that the region expected for the month of February, the Civil Defense said.
The rain index for the municipality of Bertioga registered a record 41.9 inches during the 24-hour period.
São Sebastião reported 38.3 inches of rain after the forecast had called for an average of 18.5 inches in February.
Ilhabela, which expected 18.4 inches of rain, was drenched by 20.5 inches of rain. Ubatuba recorded 20.4 inches of rain, exceeding the average of 17.7 that was expected for the month.
The city of São Sebastião was among the worst affected by the 24-hour storm that produced 38.3 inches of rain, surpassing the average of 18.5 inches in February
Highway SP-55 remained shut down as of Monday as emergency crews worked to clear the debris caused by a landslide
A resident carries an infant rescued in the Brazilian city of São Sebastião, where 35 people were killed by flooding and landslides caused by a storm that registered 38.3 inches of rain
São Sebastião Mayor Felipe Augusto said that at least 50 homes were buried by the mudslides.
‘Our rescue teams are not managing to get to several locations; it is a chaotic situation,’ Augusto said.
The heavy rain also caused the cancellation of Carnival festivities in São Sebastiao, Ubatuba, Ilhabela and Bertioga.
Augusto posted on social media several videos of widespread destruction in his city, including one of baby being rescued by locals lined up on a flooded street.
Brazil’s President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva flew over the areas that were impacted by the storm Monday.
‘I think that a good prayer with a lot of faith always helps us to conquer what we want’, he told reporters.
São Paulo Governor Tarcísio de Freitas said in a statement he requested support from the army, which sent two airplanes and rescue teams to the region.
TV footage showed houses flooded with only the roof visible. Residents were using small boats to carry items and people to higher positions.
The storm also blocked access to stretches along the Tamoios, Mogi-Bertioga and Rio de Janeiro-Santos highways.
Tarcísio flew over the region Monday and said that there were at least 10 points on the Rio de Janeiro-Santos highway that were blocked by debris.
‘In some points we don’t know exactly what’s left of the highway because it’s such a large volume of land that has moved in such a large extent that we even raises the hypothesis that the highway was dragged along, that the highway no longer exists,’ he said.