Flooding and climate denialism are harming millions of people in southern Brazil

Brazil has experienced several environmental disasters over the past decade, and in May it experienced one of its most severe disasters to date.1 Rio Grande do Sul, the country’s southernmost state, saw 95% of its municipalities affected by the largest and most destructive floods in its history. Around two million people were affected, over half a million were displaced, 800 were injured, and 178 deaths have been confirmed. The floods damaged infrastructure, with hundreds of obstructions to roads and bridges leaving entire cities isolated and complicating the supply of food, water, medicine, and rescue services.2The government in Brazil, with support from other governments and multilateral organisations, needs to commit to improve its preparation, prevention, and response regarding the climate emergency, to protect the health and safety of citizens in future disasters.Climate change and government inactionThe recent extreme flooding is a direct consequence of ocean overheating that has altered rainfall patterns,…
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