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Rio Grande do Sul Floods

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Emergency Resonse | 2024

What damage have the 2024 Brazil floods caused?

In May 2024, torrential rains triggered catastrophic flooding in the state of Rio Grande do Sul in southern Brazil. A series of floods wiped out vital infrastructure including roads, bridges, water, and electricity. Clay-colored water rushed into homes, buildings, and businesses, impacting over 2 million people and leaving nearly 540,000 displaced. Locals with access to small boats or kayaks carried out desperate rescues alongside state agents to save stranded neighbors, pets, and livestock. Access to adequate shelter, clean water, and hygiene supplies have been identified as immediate needs.  

 

The impacts of climate change are once again affecting the most vulnerable communities in southern Brazil – as in so many places around the world. This devastating storm is the fourth major environmental disaster to hit the region in the last year, leaving residents with limited time and resources to sufficiently rebuild and recover. With severe rains forecast for the end of the week, the situation looks dire, with many low-income families forced to remain in the state with nowhere to go. 

How is CORE helping support those impacted by the 2024 Brazil floods? 

Having delivered humanitarian programs to support marginalized communities in Brazil following the last large floods in 2022, CORE is working to support the local government with this large-scale emergency. While acute needs are critical, addressing mitigation and preparedness measures for communities living in areas where climate change will continue to cause repeated emergencies will be crucial.

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