The human and material losses are greater than those caused by the rainy seasons in 1988 and 2011, when dozens of people also lost their lives.
The heavy rains that devastated part of the Brazilian city of Petropolis have left 176 dead and some 200 injured citizens, in what is already considered the largest natural disaster in this municipality in the state of Rio de Janeiro.
Since last Tuesday, the storms have caused a trail of destruction as they pass through the old Brazilian imperial city, where 117 people are still missing, according to data from the Fire Department as of Monday.
The human and material losses are greater than those caused by the rainy seasons in 1988 and 2011, when dozens of people also lost their lives. Over 500 firefighters are still trying to locate more victims, although their work was interrupted this morning due to the rains and strong winds that still hit the region. Among the 176 deceased are at least 29 minors.
So far, about 850 people have been evicted from their homes and receive social assistance at one of the 20 support points installed in schools and churches. On Sunday, the Brazilian Navy finished setting up a field hospital and five low-complexity care stations in Petropolis.