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Lula flies over the areas affected by heavy rains in Sao Paulo

The president of Brazil, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silvaflew over on Monday the areas hardest hit by heavy rains that have caused at least 36 deaths and 40 missing on the coast of the state of sao paulo.

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The progressive president interrupted his days of rest in the state of Bahia to, accompanied by several of his ministers, see in situ the havoc caused by the intense rainfall last weekend in various locations in Sao Paulo.

“Flying over the region lashed by the rains, in sao sebastiao. Now I meet” with the governor of Sao Paulo, Tarcísio de Freitas, the mayor Felipe Augusto and “Ministers of our Government to work together and face this crisis”Lula stated on his social networks.

More than 500 people, including police officers, firefighters and members of the Armed Forces, are participating this Monday in the rescue and identification work of the victims.

The most affected municipality is Sao Sebastiao, where 35 of the 36 deaths were registered, according to the latest official balance. The other fatality was reported in Ubatuba, also on the coast of Sao Paulo.

According to the official count, the strong storm forced 1,717 people to leave their homes due to floods and landslides that have buried and damaged homes in the region.

This catastrophe takes place in the middle of the Carnival festivities, during which the cities on the coast of Sao Paulo receive a large number of tourists.

Source: Elcomercio

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