Brazil Floods: 78 people died, 105 missing due to heavy rains and floods in Brazil

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In the state capital, Porto Alegre, Fabiano Saldanha said he and three friends used jet skis to rescue about 50 people from floodwaters on islands that are part of the city since Friday. Saldanha said that when we enter a street, all we hear is ‘help,’ ‘help.’

The death toll from floods caused by heavy rains in Brazil’s southern state of Rio Grande do Sul has risen to at least 78, while more than 115,000 people have been displaced. President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva arrived in Rio Grande do Sul on Sunday morning with most of his cabinet to discuss rescue and reconstruction efforts with local authorities. Lula told a press conference that the bureaucracy would not stand in our way by preventing us from achieving greatness as a state.

State governor Eduardo Leite said this was a war scenario and that post-war measures would be needed. Volunteers using boats, jet skis and even swimming have assisted in the ongoing rescue efforts. In the state capital, Porto Alegre, Fabiano Saldanha said he and three friends used jet skis to rescue about 50 people from floodwaters on islands that are part of the city since Friday. Saldanha said that when we enter a street, all we hear is ‘help,’ ‘help.’

The death toll could still rise significantly as 105 people were reported missing on Sunday, up from about 70 the previous day, according to the state civil defense authority. It also said it was investigating whether the other four deaths were related to the storm.

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