Nearly 50 Dead, Thousands Displaced as Storms Lash Southeast of Brazil

January 27, 2020 Updated: January 27, 2020

At least 46 people have died in Brazil and more than 25,000 have been displaced due to widespread flooding following storms and heavy rains that have swept across the southeast of the country, authorities said on Jan. 26.

Most of the casualties were in the state of Minas Gerais, including the capital Belo Horizonte, which had its heaviest rainfall over a 24-hour period leading to Friday since records began 110 years ago, O Globo newspaper reported.

A view of flooded houses caused by heavy rains in Sabara municipality, Minas Gerais state, Brazil, on Jan. 24, 2020. (Flavio Tavares-Futura Press /AP Photo)

Local authorities in Minas Gerais said on Sunday that 37 people had died, while more than 17,000 were displaced or evacuated from their homes. A further 25 people were missing.

In the coastal state of Espirito Santo, nine people died, more than 8,000 were displaced or evacuated, and three people were missing, authorities said on Sunday.

Flood triggered by a dam collapse
An aerial view shows flooding triggered by a dam collapse near Brumadinho, Brazil, on Jan. 25, 2019. (Bruno Correia/Nitro via AP)

The lethal flooding comes exactly a year after the rain-triggered collapse of a tailings dam in the town of Brumadinho, also in Minas Gerais state, that killed more than 250 people in one of the world’s worst mining disasters.

By Jamie McGeever