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Floods in Brazil: President Lula postpones trip to Chile

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva postponed his decision. Monday a state visit to Chile, initially planned for May 17 and 18, due to unprecedented flooding in southern Brazil which left 147 dead according to the latest report.

The presidency invoked in a press release the “need to monitor the situation linked to floods in the state of Rio Grande do Sul and to coordinate assistance to the affected population and reconstruction work.”

No new dates are planned for this trip at this time.

The torrential rains that have fallen since at the beginning of the month in the state of Rio Grande do Sul caused rivers to overflow, affecting more than two million people and leaving 147 dead and 806 injured, according to the latest report published Monday by Civil Defense.

Some 127 people are still missing, while more than 600,000 others have been forced to abandon their homes due to this disaster, which experts say is linked to climate change and El Niño phenomenon.

Intense rains fell throughout the weekend in the region, once again swelling rivers and raising fears of additional damage .

“The situation will continue to get worse,” warned the state governor, Eduardo Leite, on the social network

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Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116