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RIO GRANDE DO SUL FLOODS: SECURITY CHALLENGES AND ECONOMIC LOSSES

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In just over a week, more than 400 cities in Rio Grande do Sul faced unprecedented rain, resulting in the worst climate disaster in the state’s history. With 146 deaths and more than 2 million people affected. Lake Guaíba in Porto Alegre reached a historic level of 5.30 meters, surpassing the previous record from 1941. The floods submerged more than 300,000 buildings, devastated agricultural production, and affected companies, leading the Federation of Industries of the State of Rio Grande do Sul (Fiergs) to warn about a “lost decade”.

The floods highlighted the importance of effective risk assessment and contingency planning. Enhanced preparedness and robust response strategies are essential to protect against future climate catastrophes.

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