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Death Toll from Floods in Brazil Rises to 144

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Death Toll from Floods in Brazil Rises to 144
Following heavy rains that have been affecting the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul since last week, the loss of life and property is steadily increasing, Anadolu reported.

According to the state’s civil defense agency, 125 people are still missing.

The number of injured has risen to 800, and more than 2.1 million people have been affected.

Additionally, the statement noted that more than 620,000 people have been displaced.

At least 81,000 people have been accommodated in churches, schools, and sports halls as search and rescue operations continue following the disaster.

Rio Grande do Sul Gov. Eduardo Leite in a statement on May 3 noted there were still areas that officials could not reach.

"We are going through an extremely exceptional situation. This is not just a critical event; it is the most devastating event in the history of the state," he said.

Leite announced a "state of disaster" for 180 days due to the magnitude of the tragedy and highlighted efforts to evacuate victims.