Floods were caused by heavy rainfall for almost two months in Brazil. Two dams broke Sunday in the northeastern of the country in the cities of Jussiape and Itambe – state of Bahia – and thousands forced to flee their homes. Bridges and roads were damaged. “A dam with a high volume of water has broken and a strong flash flood is expected to affect the municipality of Itambe in a few moments. All residents should evacuate from the banks of the river Verruga urgently,” said the city message posted on Instagram. There were no reports of deaths or injuries caused by the dams failures. “At this first moment we’re acting to save people, to get people off the top of their houses, out of isolation, with boats, Bahia Gov. Rui Costa said during a visit to an affected area Sunday. He also said at least 400,000 people have been impacted by the heavy rains and thousands evacuated from some 67 towns facing emergency situations.
Rescuers rowed dinghies along flooded streets to reach trapped families or take them supplies. The rains have caused 18 deaths in Bahia since the beginning of November. In the state capital of Salvador, weather officials said December rainfall has been six times greater than the average. A dam holding back mining waste from Brazilian miner Vale is at risk of collapsing.