Floods: Brazil plans to declare a permanent climate emergency

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The Brazilian government is internally discussing a decree to declare a climate emergency in 1,038 municipalities. This was announced yesterday, Monday March 27, during a press conference by the Minister of the Environment Maria Osmarina Marina Silva Vaz de Lima.

“A proposal is being discussed within the government to declare a permanent climate emergency in communities that have proven to be vulnerable, so that the measures already taken can continue,” said Marina Silva during a visit to the areas. affected by floods in Manaus. In the state capital of Amazonas, 172 families lost their homes due to heavy rains last Saturday.

The statements were made alongside the Minister of Integration and Regional Development, Waldez Góes, and the Mayor of Manaus, David Almeida, who thanked the federal government for the visit and for the prompt assistance.

The climate emergency declaration measure had previously been promoted by Marina Silva in Rio Branco, the capital of the northern state of Acre, in the foothills of the Andes, bordered to the north and east by the ‘Amazonas, to the south by Bolivia and to the west by Peru.

On Sunday morning (26/03), the two ministers had already traveled to Rio Branco, where so far more than 32,000 people in 48 neighborhoods of the capital of the state of Acre have been affected by heavy rains and the flash flooding of the Rio Acre and its seven main tributaries that began at the end of the week. According to the state government, approximately 1,050 people are homeless with nowhere to go and are in temporary shelters. Another 2,180 people have been displaced or forced from their homes.

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