Heavy rain kills 56 people in northeastern Brazil

Another 56 people are missing and at least 25 injured, Brazilian Regional Development Minister Daniel Ferreira said Sunday.

Ferreira added that more than 3,900 people have also lost their homes due to the devastating downpours.

Some of the deaths were caused by landslides in the Greater Recife area, Pernambuco Civil Defense said, which urged residents living in high-risk areas to seek shelter elsewhere.

In the city of Recife itself, schools were opened to house the displaced.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said that the Brazilian military would provide assistance to the victims and that he would personally travel to Recife on Monday to assess the situation.

“Our government from the first moment has provided all its funds to help the victims, including the armed forces,” he tweeted on Sunday.

Brazil’s northeast is suffering from exceptionally high rainfall, officials said. Some areas have received more rain in the last 24 hours than expected in May.

Heavy rains have repeatedly hit Brazil in recent months. In December, heavy rains in the neighboring state of Bahia broke two dams, killing dozens of people and flooding entire streets.

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