RIO DE JANEIRO – At least seven people were killed and six others have been reported missing in northeastern Brazil, where more than 50,000 residents have been evacuated due to flooding, emergency management officials said on Tuesday.
The most affected areas have been interior sections of Pernambuco state, where 44,801 people have been forced from their homes, of whom 2,656 lost their dwellings to raging floodwaters, the Pernambuco emergency management office said.
Two people died in the torrential rains and two others are listed as missing in Pernambuco.
Officials in 15 cities in the state have issued emergency declarations due to the floods.
The floodwaters in several cities began to recede on Tuesday, leaving behind mounds of mud and piles of trash.
In Alagoas state, 18 cities have issued emergency declarations due to the heavy rains that left at least five people dead and four others, all members of the same family, missing.
About 9,000 people in Alagoas have been evacuated due to flooding, emergency management officials said.
President Michel Temer flew over the two states on Sunday and promised to provide disaster assistance to areas affected by the heavy rains.