Heavy rains caused a dam to overflow in in Pedro Alexandre (Bahia State), causing authorities to evacuate the city of Coronel João Sá on Thursday, July 11, around 11:00 (local time). An estimated 350 families were evacuated and have been placed in nearby schools. Some families refused to evacuate, however. No deaths have been reported.
The state government will send food and mineral water to the population on Friday, July 12.
More rain is forecast for the capital region through next week which could further aggravate the situation.
Individuals in the affected areas are advised to monitor developments to the situation, adhere to instructions by local authorities, anticipate transportation disruptions and flash flooding, and avoid low-lying areas downhill from burn scars. Remember that walking and driving through running water can be dangerous - 15 cm (6 in) of running water is enough to knock over an adult.
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