Rio de Janeiro, Dec 19 (EFE) .- Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro flew over the Itajaí Valley by helicopter this Saturday, a region in southern Brazil in which a severe storm left at least 15 dead and a dozen disappeared last Thursday, and promised help to the victims.
The far-right leader traveled this Saturday to Santa Catarina, a southern Brazilian state on the border with Argentina, to personally observe the damage caused by the rains and coordinate the sending of aid together with his Minister of Regional Development, Rogerio Marinho.
“Overflight of the areas that were affected by the heavy rains in Santa Catarina. The Ministry of Development is offering support to the victims and in the elaboration of work plans to mitigate the damage,” said the president in a message that He posted on his Twitter account along with a photograph in which he appears in the helicopter he used for the flyby.
After the visit and a meeting with local authorities, the head of state traveled to San Francisco do Sul, another municipality in the state of Santa Catarina, where he intends to spend a few days off during Christmas week.
In addition to Marinho, Bolsonaro traveled to Santa Catarina accompanied by the Secretary of Fisheries, Jorge Seif, and by Senator Nelsinho Trad, both with their electoral forts in the region, and had a meeting with the governor of this state, Carlos Moisés, from who is an important ally.
In a video recorded inside the helicopter and that Seif published on his social networks, the president promised to “attend as much as possible to the municipalities affected” by the environmental disaster.
Bolsonaro landed in Santa Catarina shortly after the regional Civil Defense announced the discovery of three bodies of victims of the rains, which raised the number of deaths in landslides and floods caused by the storm to fifteen.
The municipality most affected was Presidente Getulio, where there were 12 deaths, about 200 families evicted by the floods and some 1,600 victims. In this municipality the firefighters are still looking for seven people declared missing.
According to the Civil Defense, 120 millimeters of rain were measured in Presidente Getulio in just six hours, a little more than was forecast for the entire month.
A total of twelve municipalities were affected by the flooding of the Itajaí river, by floods and by dozens of landslides in the mountains that surround the valley.
In addition to the 12 killed in Presidente Getulio, two other people lost their lives in the municipality of Río do Sul and another in Ibirama.
Presidente Getulio, a municipality of 17,000 inhabitants and located 80 kilometers from the famous Blumenau resort, was cut off due to landslides that obstructed access roads and more than half of the city was without power and telephony on Thursday.
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