Emergency: Brazil - Floods in North-eastern state of Alagoas
Date of Emergency: 2 July 2010
Implementing Member(s): KOINONIA Ecumenical Presence and Service together with their local partner FETAG-AL (Organisation of Rural Workers).
DETAILS OF THE EMERGENCY: Heavy tropical rains have struck the north-eastern region of Brazil, severely affecting rural areas in the states of Pernambuco and Alagoas. According to the Civil Defence, the Mundaú River that runs across the affected area in the State of Alagoas has reached about 6 meters above the normal level, partially destroying 47 towns. In Pernambuco, 67 towns have been affected. A total of 72 people have died and 157,000 people are displaced in the region as a whole. Infrastructure has also been affected due to the destruction of bridges and roads. The government is using helicopters and military vehicles to reach most of the affected towns, in order to deliver immediate relief.
The town of Santana do Mundaú, in the Alagoas State, is the worst affected. It has been totally destroyed, with destruction including government buildings, schools and its only hospital. According to the Civil Defence, the town will have to be rebuilt in another area, much further from the riverbank. Of the 26,700 displaced people in the state, 2539 are in Santana do Mundaú.