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A country’s most devastating natural disaster in a century. . 2011 brazil floods. Rio de Janeiro . Location of Flooding. Natural Disaster. More rainfall than the expected monthly amount Worst natural disaster since 1900 Many rivers flooded from the mass rainfall. Flooding Facts.

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Natural Disaster century.

  • More rainfall than the expected monthly amount

  • Worst natural disaster since 1900

  • Many rivers flooded from the mass rainfall


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Flooding Facts century.

  • 24 hours between January 11-12 of 2011

  • 6,000 people lost homes

  • 806 confirmed dead


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What went wrong? century.

  • A periodic cooling of the eastern Pacific, La Niña, is affecting the weather around the world.

  • Catastrophic rains have become more frequent in Brazil (and elsewhere)

  • Part of the problem is the rapid growth of the mountain region, now home to 600,000 people.

    • More deaths in the favelas because the homes are flimsier, most lack foundations, and are located in steep areas known to be at high risk of mudslides


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Towns Affected century.

  • Nova Friburgo

  • Teresópolis

  • Petrópolis

  • Sumidouro, São José do Vale do Rio Preto and Areal

    • Preto and Piabanha Rivers

  • 40 miles North of Rio


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Mudslides century.

  • 8,000 people have had to abandon their houses for the fear of future mudslides to their area

  • Many people still missing


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Rescue operations century.

  • 700 soldiers sent to help in the Serrana area, north of Rio de Janeiro.

  • Rescue operations

    are being done by

    ground and air


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Rescue continued century.

  • Tents are being flown to the area to house some of the 13,400 people who have lost or abandoned their homes in the disaster.

  • 8,000 food baskets have been deployed


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Government action century.

  • President DilmaRousseff

    said “we are going to take

    firm action”

  • Sergio Cabral, governor of Rio de Janerio: “We have to rebuild road access, restore food, in this process of taking care of the survivors. This is our first step.”


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Disaster prevention and the Government century.

  • The federal government budgeted 442m reais ($263m) for disaster prevention last year

  • But only 139m reais was actually spent.

  • Less than 1% of money for preventive works in a big federal investment plan was used in Rio de Janeiro state last year


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Slow reaction to Floods century.

  • "There is a culture in Brazil of waiting for something to happen and then responding to it," agency head Humberto Vianna was quoted as saying by the Estado de Sao Paulo newspaper.


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Housing in High Risk Areas century.

  • The government allowed people to build homes in areas known to become dangerously unstable in the rainy season.

  • People built houses

    on steeply sloping

    areas and right next

    to rivers


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New Prevention Plan century.

  • National System for Prevention and Early Warning of Natural Disasters

    • The Brazilian government has said it will set up an early warning system to alert communities of impending danger.

    • New radar system

    • National Prevention Center to be coordinated by the Ministry of Science and Technology

  • Cost around $288 million

  • 4 years to operate


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Brazil Rebuilding century.

  • The state government/local construction companies donating a reported 2,000 houses to mudslide victims

  • Luiz Fernando Pezao (vice-governor)


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Health Concerns century.

  • Health officials fear outbreak of diseases

  • Large amounts of contaminated water throughout affected area puts citizens at risk


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Health Concerns Cont. century.

  • Leptospirosis is most feared disease.

  • Outbreaks of hepatitis A and typhoid fever are also feared.


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Health Concerns Cont. century.

  • Leptospirosis is easily treatable but can result in death without proper medical attention.

  • Hepatitis A and Typhoid fever are also treatable but can become problematic without medical attention.


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Impact on Rio century.

  • Rio has lost its most reliable resource of fruit and vegetables because farms are buried by mud and rock.

  • This sent the prices rocketing


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Criticism of Government century.

  • Complaints that the authorities have been too slow to bring supplies of water, food and medicines.

  • Brazil has the scientific know-how for preventing and managing floods, but the government failed to harness it adequately


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Criticism of Government century.

  • The officials were not dropping off food or water, only rescuing injured people

  • The rescuers are not efficiently helping to find survivors or the bodies of loved ones


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Comparison to Australia century.

December 2010

43 towns, 3,500 people and 1,400 properties affected.

17 people reported dead

Officials developed early-warning systems and evacuation guides

Better drainage infrastructure and better quality housing


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Citizens’ Reaction century.

  • Volunteering

    • Helping with the sites where the mudslides happened

    • distribution of donations

    • coordination of the aid to be able to shelter all the people left homeless


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Discussion Questions century.

  • Do you think that income inequality within the region affected by the flooding was a factor in government response?

  • Do you think that because this is a new administration it affected the way rescue operations and disaster prevention was handled?

  • How do you think the Brazilian government’s response compares to the U.S. government’s response to the Katrina disaster in New Orleans?


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Sources century.

  • BBC News Online

  • Google Images

  • CBC News Online

  • International Disaster Database

  • Brasil.gov.br

  • CNN News Online