Flooding hits Brazil again

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Severe flooding in north–eastern Brazil has left over 50 people dead, a similar number missing and more than 150,000 people homeless or displaced.

In reaction to the latest disaster, Brazil's president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva cancelled his visit to Canada for the G20 summit to oversee the rescue effort and announced the release of R500m ($277m) to help victims. The money came on top of a previous sum destined for the two hardest–hit states, Pernambuco and Alagoas. Lula also signed an interim measure of R1bn to purchase construction material and equipment for businesses affected by the floods. Aid has also been pledged by the Organisation of American States and the US, which offered $50, 000. After seeing everything they owned swallowed up by some of the worst flooding in the region, the afflicted inhabitants of Rio Largo, Branquinha, Uniao dos Palmares and Santana do Mundau and other flood damaged towns now seek some comfort in seeing their home team winding towards the 2010 FIFA World Cup finals in South Africa. The floodings came just over two months after Rio sustained its heaviest rainfall in history in a short period on Tuesday 6 April 2010, killing over 200 people. The government however has since sought to reassure the international community that the deadly mudslides and floodings in Brazil do not bode badly for the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games.

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