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Diêgo Lôbo Goiabeira
Environmental Blogger/Writer and PR (Salvador, Brazil)

Diêgo Lôbo, 21, environmental writer and blogger; frustrated oil and gas technical; and Public Relations. Currently, I am working in a non-profit organization with communication, social medias and fundraising. Since I was chosen in a bloggers competition to cover an environmental conference in Germany, I became passionate in blogging in English.I love travelling, learning about new cultures and discussing. Creator and Chief-editor of E esse tal Meio Ambiente? (www.essetalmeioambiente.com) Follow me on twitter: @diegolobo For further infomation: diegolobog@gmail.com

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Floods in Brazil

Published 22nd January 2011 - 15 comments - 9773 views -

When we talk about water it is almost instantaneous our first thoughts: sanitation, drinking water, water shortage and various subjects directly related to it… but what about natural disasters involving water, such as floods and droughts? Kevin Rennie has written about his country’s floods. I was also planning something around this in relation to my country, Brazil, so I did it before I was planning just to feed the fire.

I am not sure if you are following the news about what is happening in Brazil since last week, but the disasters have been already listed as one of the ten worst slides in the last 111 years, according to the United Nations. In addition, it is the second worst in the last year and the third in the decade, as well as the worst in the history of the country.

The numbers scare: almost 800 deaths, 21 thousand of homeless and hundreds missed, so far. Cities from many states have been affected by the rain, but the most affected were from the state of Rio de Janeiro. A week later, there were still isolated areas waiting for help. In some distant places helicopters are being used to give food, water, medicines and clothes to the people.

It is always shocking and unhappy the lives lost, but it is also tragic for the economic losses. And the cities are going to take so long to overcome this situation. The origin of the problem is always the same: the lack of government attention to those areas and lack of urban plan. Many would say the people also have certain guilt, but I do not think they have choice.

I would like to share with you these astonishing pictures below I found at this website.

Many have died in mudslides caused by heavy rain in the mountain region of the Brazilian state Rio de Janeiro, according to official sources.

A view of damage in the municipality of Teresopolis, on 12 January 2011, after the heavy rains affect the state of Rio de Janeiro.

Handout picture, on 12 January 2011, of the damages at Teresopolis town, 91 km away of Rio de Janeiro City, after the heavy rains.

Residents wade a street in a flooded area in downtown Franco da Rocha, some 35 kilometers west of Sao Paulo, on January 12, 2011.

Teresopolis, Brazil on 12 January 2011

Teresopolis, Brazil on 12 January 2011

Firefighters rescuing a victim at Teresopolis town, 91 km away of Rio de Janeiro City, Brazil, after the heavy rains affected the state of Rio de Janeiro.

Survivors of the flooding take refuge in a gymnasium in Teresopolis, some 100 km from downtown Rio de Janeiro, on January 13, 2011.

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  • Iris Cecilia Gonzales on 23rd January 2011:

    My country is experiencing the same problem, Diego. My deepest sympathies.

  • Diêgo Lôbo Goiabeira on 23rd January 2011:

    @Pabitra, thans for your concerning. It was recently discovered an aquifer much bigger than the Guarani, almost twice its volume, in the region of Amazon. It is estimated to be the biggest in the world…

    @Iris, fortunately, I wasn’t directly affected by the rain as I live far from the areas, but it is scaring the possibility of the rain that will still come in the next months. Thanks.

  • Kevin Rennie on 23rd January 2011:

    Diêgo & Iris

    It’s a shocking thing to have to share. Many people in our countries must be asking themselves ‘will we be next?’.

  • Iris Cecilia Gonzales on 24th January 2011:


    It’s good to hear that you are not directly affected by the rain. Just the same, it’s unfortunate. I’m not directly affected, too but thousands of my fellow citizens are. It’s unfortunate.

  • Sylwia Presley on 03rd February 2011:

    Gosh, you take brilliant photos, breathtaking! I read about the floods on Global Voices Online coverage and still cannot forget the pain of the unavoidable…one would think that in those modern times we could prevent everything, yet we remain so…small? Not sure it’s the right word…

  • Diêgo Lôbo Goiabeira on 04th February 2011:


    You are right… if we consider all the human achievements, preventing from the rain seems to be so basic, right? But in our case, I can guarantee it happens because, once again, there is no politics’ will to change this reality. It happens every single year, in the same period, and nothing changes. Do you think it is because we have nothing to do? I doubt.

    Thanks for your words…

  • Sylwia Presley on 04th February 2011:

    Poland also had problems with floods last year, which is not something new, really. Just like the snow in winter and people still freeze to death.. so much work has to still be done. I jsut sometimes wonder if as a whole we actually develop or not so…

  • Diêgo Lôbo Goiabeira on 04th February 2011:

    good question… if I had to answer it, I would say not.

  • Sylwia Presley on 05th February 2011:

    Sometimes I feel the same way but I hope (maybe because I am on this side of the barricade) that the reason and commitment will win over the consumerism, politics and money.

  • Avgi Lilli on 05th February 2011:

    We have a saying in Cyprus which goes like “We want rain so we can drink water, we want the rain to stop so we do not drown”.
    With heavy rainfall we always have flood problems, not of that size of course, but in some areas that houses weren’t built properly or were built too close to rivers. Not to mention the farmers, their fields and crop.

  • Diêgo Lôbo Goiabeira on 12th February 2011:

    And one month later: 900 deaths, over 400 missed.
    Horrible numbers.

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