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Dam failures threaten to worsen flooding in northeastern Brazil

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Dam failures threaten to worsen flooding in northeastern Brazil

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Two dams have burst in northeastern Brazil, threatening to worsen flooding in a rain-flooded region that has already seen thousands forced to flee their homes

BRASILIA, Brazil – Two dams broke in northeastern Brazil on Sunday, threatening worse flooding in a rain-flooded region that has already seen thousands forced to flee their homes.

The municipal governments of Jussiape and Itambe have posted warnings on social media urging people to seek safety.

“A dam with a high volume of water has broken and a strong flash flood should affect the town of Itambe in a few moments. All residents must urgently evacuate the banks of the Verruga River, ”the city’s Instagram post said.

The Bahia state government press office said heavy rains have caused flooding that has left 18 people dead and affected 72 towns since early November, forcing more than 4,000 people from their homes and complicating access to some communities.

“At this first moment, we are acting to save people, to get people out of their homes, out of isolation, with boats,” Bahia Governor Rui Costa said during a visit to an affected area. Sunday. He said authorities were trying to distribute warm food, mattresses and clothes.

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