The biggest disaster Rio Grande do Sul has ever experienced

The biggest disaster Rio Grande do Sul has ever experienced
The biggest disaster Rio Grande do Sul has ever experienced
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At least 75 dead, more than 100 missing and about 115,000 residents who have had to flee their homes. The sad figures seem to confirm what Governor Eduardo Leite said last week: the severe flooding in Rio Grande do Sul is the worst disaster the state has ever experienced. This is the fourth time in a year that the state has had to deal with severe flooding, a result of the El Niño air current that is currently prevailing. Yet the current floods are exceptionally heavy. On Sunday, the Guaiba River reached its highest level ever, half a meter higher than the previous record set in 1941.

A woman walks through the rain with two rescued cats.

A woman walks through the rain with two rescued cats. — © Diego Vara/reuters

A man in the flooded streets of Porto Alegre.

A man in the flooded streets of Porto Alegre. — © Carlos Macedo/ap

Residents of Porto Alegre evacuate by boat.

Residents of Porto Alegre evacuate by boat. — © Carlos Macedo/ap

A woman tries to reach her damaged home in Encantado through the mud.

A woman tries to reach her damaged home in Encantado through the mud. — © Diego Vara/reuters

Flooded streets in Porto Alegre.

Flooded streets in Porto Alegre. — © Anselmo Cunha/afp

The water of the Jacui River flows over the streets in Eldorado do Sul.

The water of the Jacui River flows over the streets in Eldorado do Sul. — © Anselmo Cunha/afp

Horses in a flooded area along the Jacui River.

Horses in a flooded area along the Jacui River. — © Isaac Fontana/epa

Military firefighters evacuate a man by helicopter in Canoas.

Military firefighters evacuate a man by helicopter in Canoas. — © Renan Mattos/reuters

A man who has just been evacuated needs some time to recover.

A man who has just been evacuated needs some time to recover. — © Renan Mattos/reuters

An injured dog in the mud in Encantado.

An injured dog in the mud in Encantado. — © Diego Vara/reuters

Vehicles swept away by the water in Encantado.

Vehicles swept away by the water in Encantado. — © Diego Vara/reuters

People and their pets during an evacuation in Porto Alegre.

People and their pets during an evacuation in Porto Alegre. — © Renan Mattos/epa

Residents flee flooded area in Porto Alegre.

Residents flee flooded area in Porto Alegre. — © Carlos Macedo/ap

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