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  • Severe flooding triggered by a cyclone in southern Brazil has destroyed homes, stranded motorists, and inundated streets across multiple cities, leaving at least 31 people dead and displacing approximately 1,600 others.
  • The storm, which has affected over 60 cities since Monday night, is now the deadliest on record in Rio Grande do Sul state, as stated by Governor Eduardo Leite.
  • Rescue teams captured distressing scenes on Tuesday, where families were seen stranded on the roofs of their homes, desperately seeking assistance as rivers overflowed. 

Flooding from a cyclone in southern Brazil washed away houses, trapped motorists in vehicles and swamped streets in several cities, killing at least 31 people and leaving 1,600 homeless, authorities said Wednesday.

More than 60 cities have been battered since Monday night by the storm, which has been Rio Grande do Sul state’s deadliest, Gov. Eduardo Leite said.

“The fly-over we just did, shows the dimension of an absolutely out of the ordinary event,” Leite said in a video posted on the state’s social media accounts. “It wasn’t just riverside communities that were hit, but entire cities that were completely compromised.”

Videos shot by rescue teams Tuesday and published by the online news site G1 had shown some families on the top of their houses pleading for help as rivers overflowed their banks. Some areas were entirely cut off after wide avenues turned into fast-moving rivers.

Leite said Wednesday that the death toll had reached 31, and state emergency authorities said at least 1,600 people were made homeless.


In Mucum, a city of about 50,000 residents, rescuers found 15 bodies in a single house. Once the storm had passed, residents discovered a trail of destruction along the river with most buildings swept away down to the ground level. Images showed a sheep hanging from an electrical line — an indication of how high the water had risen.

“The water arrived very fast, it was rising 6½ feet an hour,” Mucum resident Marcos Antonio Gomes said, standing on top of a pile of debris. “We have nothing left. Not even clothes.”

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A home stands destroyed by a deadly cyclone in Mucum, Rio Grande do Sul state, Brazil, on Sept. 6, 2023. (AP Photo/Wesley Santos)

In an indication of how long people might be stranded, the Mucum city hall advised residents to seek out supplies to meet their needs for the next 72 hours.

Gomes, a 55-year-old businessman, said it was the fourth time in 15 years that his house was damaged by floods. He said this one was the worst so far, and he expects more flooding in the future.

“There’s no way we can live here. This will come back. We have to abandon (this place),” Gomes said.


Many of the victims died from electrical shock, or were trapped in vehicles, online news site G1 reported. One woman died as she was swept away during a rescue attempt.

Search and rescue teams have focused on the Taquari Valley, about 30 miles northwest of the state capital, Porto Alegre, where most of the victims and damage were recorded. But those efforts expanded farther west on Wednesday morning, with helicopters sent to the Rio Pardo Valley.

More heavy rains were expected to hit the state’s center-south region, while possibly sparing worst-hit areas. Authorities maintained three flooding alerts on Wednesday — for the Jacui, Cai and Taquari rivers.

Rio Grande do Sul was hit by another cyclone in June, which killed 16 people and caused destruction in 40 cities, many of those around Porto Alegre.

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