Brazil’s president surveys flood-hit areas; residents hope for more helpBy AP
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Brazil’s president surveying flood-hit areas
RIO LARGO, Brazil — Brazil’s president is flying over a vast stretch of the nation’s northeast where floods killed 45 people and destroyed towns, roads and bridges.
President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva will get a firsthand look at the destruction — and residents are hoping that means more help and aid is on the way.
Civil Defense officials say that 600 people are still listed as missing, but most of those are presumed to be safe, just unable to contact families or authorities because energy is still out and telephone service down.
Brazil’s government is releasing $56 million in immediate aid, but getting food, water, clothes and medicine to the hardest-hit areas is proving difficult.
Residents are holed up in schools, churches and any other standing buildings.
Tags: Brazil, Latin America And Caribbean, Rio Largo, South America