Floods kill over 800 in Brazil

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In Brazil, more than 800 people have been killed by mid–January 2011 floods and landslides in the northwest of Rio de Janeiro.

The floods have become the deadliest natural disaster in Brazil's history, after passing the 436 lives claimed a Bonded land in the coastal city of Caraguatatuba in 1967. And overall, the disaster now ranks as the second worst recorded in Brazil's history, eclipsed only by a meningitis outbreak that killed 1, 500 people in 1974. More than 20, 000 people have also been forced from the locations where they live or made homeless in the area, according to a statement posted on the state government's website. Storms dumped the equivalent of a month's rain in just a few hours before dawn on Wednesday 12 January 2011, sending mudslides slicing through towns and hamlets, destroying homes, roads and bridges and knocking out telephone and power lines. The worst affected towns were Novo Friburgo, Teresopolis, and Petropolis, according to municipal officials. The death toll from this single disaster exceeded the 473 rain–related deaths recorded for all of Brazil over the whole of 2010. Five different bank accounts in Brazil have been set up for those wishing to donate money to the ongoing relief effort. The details are as follows: SOS TeresÃpolis – Donativos Bank: Banco do Brasil Branch: 0741–2 Account: 110000–9 CNPJ – 29. 138. 369/0001–47 SOS TeresÃpolis – Donativos Bank: Caixa EconÃ'mica Federal Branch: 4146 Account: 2011–1 CNPJ – 29. 138. 369/0001–47 Prefeitura de Nova Friburgo [Nova Friburgo municipal government] Bank: Banco do Brasil Branch: 0335–2 Account: 120. 000–3 Defesa Civil – RJ [Civil Defence, Rio de Janeiro] Bank: Caixa EconÃ'mica Federal Branch: 0199 Operation: 006 Account: 2011–0 Viva Rio [Rio de Janeiro–based NGO] Bank: Banco do Brasil Branch: 1769–8 Account: 411396–9 CNPJ: 00343941/0001–28 The current questions over urban planning and infrastructure, safety and evacuation procedures, transport systems, water management and associated issues clearly highlight some of the most pressing dilemmas to be addressed over the next few years, and international expertise and input will surely be required. Indeed, improvements in Brazil's abilities to plan for and manage such inevitable natural disasters could and should be one of the major legacies post 2016.

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