Floods in Brazil, May 2022

More than 100 people are missing or dead after floods and mudslides hit several urban areas of northeastern Brazil, brought by heavy rains.

In the two northeastern states of Brazil, 6,000 people have fled to government aid locations and another 7,000 people have fled to friends and family.

Poor urban planning and “shantytowns” are to blame for the collapse of some areas:

It was the fourth major flooding event in five months, underlining a lack of urban planning in low-income neighborhoods throughout much of Brazil, where shantytowns are often built on hillsides prone to collapse.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro will be visiting these cites on Monday.

Talk of global warming as a cause is coming up in reference to these repeated floods in Brazil, as well as other parts of the world such as South Africa and India (NBC News).


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