TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – The mayor of Rio de Janeiro declared a crisis after the Brazilian city was battered by heavy rain on Monday and Tuesday that killed at least 10 people.
More than 31cm of rain (13 inches) fell in some parts of the city within 24 hours, the mayor’s office said.
Reuters reported that large parts of the city have been inundated including Copacabana and the neighborhoods of Botafogo and Jardim Botanico. Major roads remain closed and impassable by flooding, fallen trees, and broken pavement.
“These rains are absolutely abnormal for this time of year; none of us expected so much rain at this time,” Mayor Marcelo Crivella told an early morning news conference.
People have been told to avoid walking in flooded streets as the water may be contaminated.
Over 5,000 people are working to minimize problems caused by the weather, the mayor said.
Many residents took to social media to share images and videos of the crisis.