Dams in Brazil are very controversial, as many of them have caused huge problems fr local people and ecosystems. Now, a dam break yesterday, in northern Rio de Janeiro, has killed several and made about 13,000 homeless.
“Water broke through the dam protecting the town of Campos de Goytacazes, opening up a big crater in a highway,” BBC reported.
The dam break follows massive floods and landslides.
Nearly 70 towns have now declared a state of emergency. “The river might rise three and half metres, four metres. Only the roofs will be visible,” civil defence official Henrique Oliveira said of the nearest town.
Floods in Brazil killed about 900 people last year, the second-deadliest natural disaster worldwide in 2011.
h/t Think Progress