Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Emergency declared at Brazilian state of Minas Gerais due to heavy rainfalls



 Heavy rainstorms have left at least 138 cities in a state of emergency in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais due to floods, landslides and damages to the infrastructure. 

Some 17,000 people have been evacuated from their homes, according to Civil Defense and a serious accident last Saturday in Furnas Lake, when the detachment of a huge rocky wall from a canyon fell on four boats, has left ten dead and thirty injured. 

Also on Saturday, a dam of a mine belonging to the French company Vallourec overflowed in the town of Nova Lima, thus blocking the highway between Belo Horizonte and Rio de Janeiro and leading to the evacuation of six local residents. 

As a precaution, the National Mining Agency (ANM) has suspended all activities at the mine. 


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