In Brazil, a city called Petropolis has been hit with mudslides leaving at least 94 people dead and several others missing. This incident has been confirmed by the Rio de Janeiro state’s government.
Petropolis is a city named for a former Brazilian emperor. It has been a relaxation center for people —especially tourists who want to have good times from the heavy sunshine.
The city is located in a mountainous region which makes it liable to catastrophes such as mudslides. In recent years Petropolis had recorded mudslides which also killed 100’s of people.
Reports say —on Wednesday morning, many houses got buried beneath mud while appliances and cars were in piles on the streets.
Houses, cars, and other things got swept off by the mudslide in Petropolis, Brazil.
Rubens Bomtempo, mayor of the city nestled in the mountains, couldn’t offer an estimate for the number of people trapped in the mud.
“We don’t yet know the full scale of this,” Bomtempo said at a news conference Wednesday. “It was a hard day, a difficult day.”
A statement released on Wednesday night revealed that there is an estimate of 35 people yet to be recovered. Searching by the rescue team is still in progress.
Since the incident happened digging and thorough searching have been conducted to find missing individuals. Some residents and eyewitnesses said they could hear people calling for help but they couldn’t do anything about it.
It was so severe and dangerous that no one could get in and pick up sinking individuals yelling for help.
According to a record from the state fire department; the rain measured 25.8 centimeters (just over 10 inches) within three hours on Tuesday. This is almost as much as during the previous 30 days combined.
The government of Rio de Janeiro, Claudio Castro revealed in a press conference that the rains happen to be the worst Petropolis has received since 1932.
The mudslide scene in Petropolis is heartbreaking. A video has been shared on social media for the public’s views. The footage shows strong torrents dragging cars and houses through the streets and water swirling through the city. Many people couldn’t escape from their sinking houses and so died in their efforts fo escape.
Bereaved families are in the process of burying their dead people while there is still a search for lost individuals.