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Flooding in North and Northeast Brazil

May 6th, 2009 Category: Floods

Maranhao, Brazil - May 4th, 2009

Maranhao, Brazil - May 4th, 2009

Severe floods have forced tens of thousands of people from their homes in the north and north-east of Brazil and at least 15 have been killed, reports the BBC.

More than 190 towns and cities have been badly affected by the floods, forcing about 180,000 people across eight states to leave their homes.

Although much of the image is covered by clouds, dark brown sediments from the Amazon River can be seen at the top left. Parts of the state of Maranhao are visible amidst the clouds.

The state of Maranhao has been hit particularly hard, with over 130,000 people affected by flooding. The governor of the neighbouring state of Piaui has declared an emergency in 19 towns and cities and has requested military assistance for those stranded by flooding.

A number of important roads in the region are impassable, and the army has been using boats to help people reach their destinations.

For weeks, heavy rain has been causing extensive problems across the north-east of Brazil, a region more often associated with the difficulties caused by drought.

Such is the size of Brazil that in the south of country the problem is exactly the opposite – 95 towns and cities are now reported to be facing a crisis because of a lack of rain.

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