"President Bush is concerned about the victims and their families. USAID will provide assistance to meet the immediate needs of those who have been affected by the flooding," said Administrator Natsios.
Since January 16, heavy rains have caused extensive flooding throughout the southeastern states of Rio de Janeiro, Espirito Santo, Sao Paulo, and especially Minas Gerais. A "state of public calamity" has been declared by the state government of Minas Gerais for 33 state municipalities. According to Minas Gerais officials, the flooding has killed 45 people, injured 98 people, damaged or destroyed more than 8,500 homes, and displaced 16,129 people.
During the week of January 27, three USAID experts conducted a damage assessment in the affected areas. USAID will continue to monitor the situation and provide additional updates as necessary.
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