Rains that have afflicted Brazil’s southeastern states for the better part of a month today turned Parque Ibirapuera into a lake, rerouting traffic and reminding the city of the tragedies recently befallen compatriots in neighboring Rio de Janeiro state.
Heavy precipitation has taken its toll on São Paulo, causing flash floods, collapsing homes and killing dozens of people throughout the state. Body counts have been higher in Rio, however, with mudslides claiming an estimated 600 lives and causing hundreds more to go missing. Total deaths in Nova Friburgo, Teresopolis and Petropolis, among other areas, ultimately could surpass 2,000, according to local media accounts.
Normalization of services—from telecommunications and electricity to water and sewage—could be months away, government officials said.
In São Paulo numerous organizations have stepped forward or surfaced to help the victims.