The governor of BayRui Costa said Thursday that he will accept humanitarian aid from Argentina, hours after the president Jair Bolsonaro inform that Brazil had rejected the offer to collaborate with the population affected by the floods as unnecessary.
“I am writing to all the countries of the world: Bahia will accept directly, without having to go through Brazilian diplomacy, any type of aid at this time”, Rui Costa said. “Any help is very welcome.”
Bolsonaro said that the Argentine Foreign Ministry had offered the assistance of 10 “White helmets” for storage and selection of donations, assembly of tents and psychosocial assistance to the population affected by the rains.
The president said that the Argentine offer is “very expensive for Brazil,” but it occurs when the Armed Forces, in coordination with Civil Defense, were already providing this type of assistance to the affected population, including the support of three helicopters.
Argentina is governed by Alberto Fernández, a left-wing politician and ally of former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who will likely face Bolsonaro in next year’s elections.
Bolsonaro He is on vacation in Santa Catarina and has been criticized for not having visited the areas affected by the floods this week in Bahia, which left at least 24 dead and affected more than 600,000 citizens in the state.