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Deaths in landslides and floods in Brazil

At least 34 people have died in the storms that have been going on in northeastern Brazil for days. A landslide in the municipality of Jardim Monteverde alone killed 19 people yesterday, authorities said.

Because of the landslides and floods in the state of Pernambuco, almost a thousand people had to leave their homes. Head of state Jair Bolsonaro expressed his condolences to the victims of the accident and promised help.

AP/Marlon Costa

The metropolitan region of Recife has been hit by heavy rains since Tuesday. Almost a thousand people had to evacuate their homes due to flooding and landslides. Flooded streets in various locations, collapsed buildings and masses of earth could be seen in videos published on online networks.

Next red alert

The National Institute of Meteorology said Pernambuco remains on red alert for landslide and flood risk. The Pernambuco Water and Climate Authority also warned that the situation could get worse as the rain will continue for the next 24 hours.

According to experts, rainfall in Brazil is currently being exacerbated by the La Nina climate phenomenon, which is causing the Pacific Ocean to cool down. But climate change is also increasing the risk of severe weather. Because a warmer atmosphere can hold more water, global warming increases the risk of extreme rainfall.

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