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BRICS Pledges $1 Billion to Aid Storm-Ravaged Southern Brazil

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The BRICS group of nations, comprising Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa, has pledged $1 billion to assist the southern Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul, which has been devastated by unprecedented flooding. The deluge, which has lasted for days, has claimed at least 149 lives, with 124 people still missing, and has forced more than 600,000 people to evacuate their homes in over 400 cities and towns.

The New Development Bank, led by former Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, announced that the funds will be used to help “rebuild urban and rural infrastructure” in the affected areas. The Brazilian government has also committed $10 billion for reconstruction efforts, as roads, bridges, schools, and hospitals have been severely damaged, leaving thousands of residents in need of basic necessities such as food, water, medicine, clothing, and shelter.

The floods have been exacerbated by climate change, with experts blaming the El Nino weather phenomenon. Environment Minister Marina Silva emphasized the need to adapt to climate change by building resilient cities, implementing risk management plans, and relocating communities in high-risk areas. She acknowledged that Brazil, like the rest of the world, was unprepared for the disaster and that more action is needed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and slow the pace of global warming.

The flooding has also affected neighboring Uruguay, where over 3,000 people have been displaced. The BRICS pledge and the Brazilian government’s commitment to reconstruction efforts demonstrate the scale of the disaster and the need for international cooperation and support to help the affected communities recover and rebuild.

As the world continues to grapple with the impacts of climate change, it is crucial that nations work together to mitigate and adapt to these challenges. The BRICS pledge sets an example of how global cooperation can help alleviate the suffering caused by extreme weather events and support the resilience of vulnerable communities.

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