Cyclone Claims 21 Lives in Southern Brazil


A devastating cyclone has wreaked havoc in southern Brazil, resulting in the tragic loss of at least 21 lives and rendering hundreds homeless. The relentless storm swept through approximately 60 cities in the Rio Grande do Sul region, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake.

The Deadly Impact

Governor Eduardo Leite of Rio Grande do Sul expressed deep concern as the cyclone’s toll marked the highest number of casualties from a climate-related event in the state’s history. Rivers surged beyond their banks, inundating streets and displacing over 1,650 residents since Monday night, according to official reports.

Disturbing images captured families stranded atop their submerged homes, pleading for assistance as floodwaters surrounded their dwellings. Among the tragic incidents, Governor Leite disclosed that 15 individuals lost their lives in a single house in Mucum, a city with an approximate population of 50,000.

Tragic Rescue Attempt

Tragically, one of the casualties included a woman who met her demise during a heroic rescue effort. Governor Leite conveyed the somber details, stating, “I regret that a woman lost her life during a rescue attempt over the Taquari river. She and a rescuer fell when the cable snapped. Sadly, the woman did not make it, and the savior is critically hurt.”

A Call for Preparedness

In response to the catastrophic cyclone, Mucum’s city hall issued a crucial recommendation to its residents: gather essential supplies to sustain themselves for the next 72 hours. This precautionary measure underscores the gravity of the situation and the urgent need for preparedness in the face of such natural disasters.

Extratropical Cyclone Unleashed

The storm, classified as an extratropical cyclone, bore the hallmarks of low-pressure systems, coupled with weather fronts that unleashed severe thunderstorms and torrential rainfall. The relentless force of nature has once again tested the resilience of the people of Rio Grande do Sul.

Recalling a Previous Devastation

It is worth noting that Rio Grande do Sul had been previously struck by another extratropical cyclone in June, resulting in the loss of 16 lives and substantial damage to 40 cities, particularly those in the vicinity of the state capital, Porto Alegre.

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