Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro flew over on Saturday some areas affected by the temporary fort that hit the country’s southern region this week, leaving great material damage and at least a dozen deaths. The representative landed at the airport of Florianopolis, the capital of the state of Santa Catarina, and then mounted in a helicopter to inspect from the air the metropolitan region of the city, which was one of the most affected by the cyclone.
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On the trip he was accompanied by the Minister of Regional Development, Rogério Marinho, and local authorities of Santa Catarina, whose governor, Carlos Moisés, decreed the state of “public calamity” last Thursday after registering damage in 152 municipalities. Moses was unable to attend because he is confined after contracting COVID-19, which throughout the country has caused 63,174 deaths and 1.5 million contagions, and continues to spread, now with special virulence in the central west and south of the country. The fort storm, called the “bomb cyclone” and also felt in twenty locations in the neighboring state of Rio Grande do Sul, caused intense rainfall and winds exceeding one hundred kilometers per hour. In Santa Catarina, the storm partially or completely obstructed 25 roads and caused damage to the structure of about 230 schools and at least 3,200 homes, as well as the electricity grid. According to the Santa Catarina Governorate, 1.5 million people were left without power throughout the state. Between June 30 and July 1, the Santa Catarina Fire Department received almost 5,000 alert calls and the SAMU another 1,257.In the state of Rio Grande do Sul, bordering Uruguay and Argentina, a thousand people were evicted from their homes by the weather phenomenon, which also felt a thousand kilometers away , in the state of Sao Paulo (southeast), albeit with less intensity. You may also be interested:Brasilia declares a state of “public calamity” by Covid-9 Risk of a political crisis for coronavirus in Latin America? They put thousands of crosses in protest in front of Brazil Congress