Brazil’s Bolsonaro visits Amazon jungle state hit floods

In Sena Madureira, one of many worst-hit cities, almost 70% of its space was both submerged or affected the floods, with greater than 4,000 households relocated, the fireplace division mentioned.

In Rio Branco, Acre’s capital, televised photographs confirmed giant swaths of the town flooded.

Water ranges in a number of municipalities had been falling on Wednesday, however extra rain is anticipated this week.

The floods pose extra hardship for the impoverished state that was already battling with a resurgence of COVID-19, an outbreak of dengue fever and a migratory disaster at its border with Peru.

Acre confirmed 622 new instances of COVID-19 on Tuesday, based on Well being Ministry knowledge.

Gov. Gladson Cameli mentioned Tuesday that he had requested that extra oxygen be dispatched to Acre with a purpose to deal with the rising variety of sufferers and to keep away from a public well being catastrophe like that of neighboring Amazonas state. Earlier this yr, hospitals’ oxygen ran out in Amazonas’ capital, Manaus, forcing sufferers’ households to scramble to search out cylinders on their very own.

“I can’t be caught off guard somebody’s loss of life as a result of I didn’t have oxygen,” Cameli mentioned.

The state has additionally suffered greater than 10,000 suspected instances of dengue within the first two months of this yr, greater than double the quantity in the identical interval in 2021, based on on-line information web site G1. Cameli warned that when rivers’ water ranges recede, dengue and different mosquito-borne illnesses are prone to unfold extra aggressively, growing stress on the general public well being system.

“I’m asking that professionals who’re in a position come right here to present us a hand,” he mentioned.

Lastly, authorities should cope with a lingering migratory disaster at its border with Peru. Some 400 migrants arrived at Acre’s border city of Assis Brasil in mid-December.

Migrants, largely Haitians and Venezuelans, have been making an attempt to cross the border into Peru on their option to Mexico and the U.S, federal authorities mentioned. However the Peruvian authorities closed its border with Brazil final yr, as a result of COVID-19 disaster.

Brazil’s citizenship minister, Miguel Ângelo Oliveira, mentioned that the migrants had been wrongly knowledgeable that the border in Assis Brasil had reopened. Clashes between migrants and Peruvian police forces erupted final week.

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