On Tuesday, June 30, a cyclone hit southern Brazil, killing at least nine individuals and causing extensive flooding. The worst affected state was Santa Catarina, where the majority of the fatalities were reported. A further two individuals are missing. The cities of Tijucas, Xanxerê, and Chapecó saw the worst of the damage caused by rain and wind. More than 700,000 were left without electricity in Santa Catarina. Additionally, 193,000 people were left without power in Parana state, and more than 1100 were evacuated in Rio Grande do Sul state.
Further rainfall and strong winds are to be expected in the near term. Disruptions to travel and infrastructure should be anticipated.
Individuals in the affected areas are advised to monitor local weather reports, adhere to instructions issued by local authorities, anticipate continuing disruptions, and never drive or walk through flooded streets. Floodwater may also contain wastewater and chemical products and present residual health hazards.
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