The number of fatalities as a result of flooding and mudslides in Brazil’s southeastern mountainous region have reached 506, according to the latest report by Brazil’s Institute of Legal Medicine on early Friday.
According to weather reports, affected regions received over 10 inches of rain in less than 24 hours, but forecasts indicate that the rains will continue in the upcoming days and into the weekend. Source: BNO News
“I don’t even have the words to describe what I’ve seen,” said Ramos during a 5-mile hike to the main part of her town in search of food and water. “A lot of our friends are dead or missing. There are people we may never find.” Carvalho and Ramos said they ran out of their home moments after the mudslide and joined neighbors in digging for survivors with bare hands and sticks. They quickly located a family of four who had died under the rubble of their home — and said another neighbor’s 2-month-old baby was washed away in his crib and has yet to be found. Television footage showed many houses buried in mud as desperate residents and rescue workers searched for survivors. Source: MSNBC
There are tragic weather events and disasters occurring in various places around the world all the time, and with so many of these stories, we tend to forget that the numbers of victims are real. Valuable human lives are being lost and it is important to remain sensitive to how very real these tragedies are. Let us remember to pray for the victims of these horrific events, even if it is just a quick prayer at the very moment of seeing a headline or reading an article.