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Disasters Charter: Flood and Landslide in Brazil

The Disasters Charter was activated for Flood and landslide in Brazil:

Flood and landslide in Brazil

Type of Event: Flood and landslide
Location of Event: Brazil
Date of Charter Activation: 14 June 2014
Charter Requestor: Brazilian Disaster and Risk Management National Centre (CENAD)
Project Management: INPE

Description of the Event:
Torrential rainfall, between 07 and 10 June 2014, has caused flooding in southern Brazil where it is estimated that approximately half a million people have been affected.

The weather followed a cold front that passed over the states of Santa Catarina and Paraná, which brought strong winds with the rain. Paraná state has been the worst affected, where ten people have been killed and six were reported missing. Over 130 cities have been affected by the disaster and it was estimated that 40,000 people were evacuated.

Of particular concern was the Paraná River, which burst its banks in places. The rising water level on the river also caused flooding in neighbouring Argentina, and the floodgates at the Yacyreta Dam were opened on 11 June to help control the floodwaters. The dam is located on the border of Argentina, and it was reported that record levels of water passed through the dam.

Floodwaters and landslides have blocked some roads and destroyed bridges, cutting off easy access to some of the affected towns.

The rain was forecast to finish on 15 June, leaving emergency workers with the task of recovering from the flooding.