Brazil – São Paulo state authorities have reported 12 deaths following heavy rain, flooding and landslides affecting the Metropolitan Region of São Paulo, with the threat of more rain to come.
Heavy rain caused the Tamanduatei River to overflow. The river runs through the south eastern parts of the city. The worst hit areas are south and east of São Paulo city, the municipality of São Bernardo do Campo, Ribeirão Pires and Suzano.
Rescues and evacuations have been carried out and the Fire Department has attended 1,267 interventions related to the rains. So far 12 people have died, and 6 have been injured. Governor João Doria visited affected areas on Monday 11 March and asked residents to stay at home where possible. Flood water is affecting several neighbourhoods of the city, blocking major roads and causing severe disruption to public transport. The governor warned of further heavy rain over the coming 48 hours.
Four deaths were reported after a house collapsed in the city of Riberao Pires. Another person died in a landslide in Embu das Artes. Three people drowned in flood water in São Caetano, two in Santo André, one in Sao Bernardo do Campo and another in São Paulo.
In a statement of 11 March, the state government said that rainfall rates have been well above historical averages. Santo André recorded 182mm in 24 hours to 11 March, the equivalent of 80% of the March average. São Bernardo do Campo and Ribeirão Pires also saw high levels of rain, recording over 70% of the March average rainfall in 24 hours.