At least 104 people lost their lives in the Petropolis floods and landslides, according to the Civil Defense. Residents have also counted 35 missing, but the authorities prefer not to put forward a figure. Rescuers continue to search for survivors, while other rains could complicate their work.
On Tuesday, Petropolis received more rain in a few hours than the average for an entire month of February, according to the meteorological agency MetSul. The governor of the state of Rio de Janeiro, Claudio Castro, spoke during a press conference of “the worst rains since 1932”.
The region has experienced similar disasters in the past, including one that killed more than 900 people. The city presented a landslide and flood risk reduction plan in 2017, estimating that 18% of its territory presented high risks.