Torrential rains have triggered flooding in Brazil’s northeastern Pernambuco state killing at least 56 people and forcing almost 1,000 people to flee their homes in the past few days. Al Jazeera reports that President Jair Bolsonaro, in a tweet, expressed his “sorrow and solidarity to the victims of this sad disaster” and said his government will do everything possible “to alleviate the suffering”. He added that teams from the armed forces, the ministry of defence, and the ministry of citizenship are being deployed “to assist in relief operations and provide the necessary aid to affected families”.
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