Authorities reported landslides and floods caused by torrential rains killed at least 19 people in Brazil’s most populous state on Sunday, while rising waters forced 500,000 people to flee their homes over the weekend.
According to the local authorities, three members of the same family perished after a landslide demolished their home in the city of Embu das Artes, while four others were saved by firefighters.
Four children perished in Francisco Morato, according to Sao Paulo state governor Joo Doria, while four more individuals died in Franco da Rocha, according to the state administration. Ribeiro Preto and Ja have also reported deaths.
According to the state fire service, three of the deaths were caused by persons being swept away by flood waters.
On Sunday, Doria deployed a helicopter to examine the damage and pledged $2.8 million in financial relief to the impacted cities.
According to the state administration, overflowing rivers caused 500,000 residents to flee their homes. Several highways and roads were closed.
The city of Sao Paulo canceled scheduled vaccinations against the coronavirus due to rain-related interruptions.
Heavy rains have pounded southeastern Brazil since the beginning of the year, resulting in 19 deaths in Minas Gerais state earlier this month.