Brazilian Dam Burst Displaces At Least 35,000 People

Brazilian authorities reported that at least 35,000 people have been displaced after the Igua and the Jussiape dams in the state of Bahia collapsed and caused massive flooding in the region.

According to the civil protection agency Sudec, the Igua dam collapsed on Saturday night while Jussiape, 100 kilometers (62 miles) to the north burst on Sunday. 

Residents in the affected regions were immediately ordered to evacuate and seek higher ground as water levels continued to rise. 

“Unfortunately we have at least 20 municipalities with several underwater communities. Therefore, we are mobilizing all our strength. We set up a support base in Ilhéus, we are deploying reinforcements from the Fire Brigade, Military Police, aircraft, in addition to the Fire Brigade and Civil Defense commanders. And from Ilhéus, we are going to set up the support base for the entire region,” said Governor Rui Costa.

There have been no reported casualties or fatalities so far while authorities are still conducting rescue operations for trapped residents. 

Several roads and bridges have been reportedly damaged by the flooding while access to the flooded areas can only be done by boat and aircraft. 

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