Brazil already counts at least 31 deaths due to heavy rains that hit the country at the end of the year. After having intensified in December, the storms caused damage mainly in Bahia, which has already registered at least 25 deaths from the rains. Now, they are spreading with greater intensity to other regions and returning to punish Minas Gerais.
This week, meteorology company Metsul was already predicting that the humidity corridor that caused the excessive precipitation in Bahia was on its way to Minas Gerais, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. For the Southeast, therefore, heavy rains were expected for this end of the year. But even with the prediction, they have done damage.
According to a bulletin released by the Civil Defense of Minas Gerais, at least six people have died due to storms in the state. In all, 3,007 residents of the state are homeless, while 12,467 are homeless.
In Minas Gerais, the state government recognized on Thursday the emergency situation in 124 cities heavily affected by storms in recent days. They are located mainly in the north of Minas, a region that borders the Northeast.
In Bahia, occurrences were recorded in 163 of the 417 municipalities in the state. Of this total, 151 have an emergency situation decree.
South Atlantic Convergence
The increase in rainfall in Bahia is part of the convergence phenomenon in the South Atlantic, when the continent’s humid air meets the polar winds from the south. The scenario may intensify even in other regions.
In early December, the National Institute of Meteorology (Inmet) issued an alert on the risk of heavy rains not only in Bahia and Minas Gerais, but also in Goiás and Maranhão.