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Brazil fights against natural disaster

01-23-2011 13:17 BJT

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Almost two weeks have passed since floods began devastating Brazil's state of Rio de Janeiro in the southeast. The death toll from the disaster has reached more than 7-hundred and is expected to rise.

Together with the countless lives lost, the storm has also severely damaged local infrastructure facilities.

Nova Friburgo is one of the most affected towns.

Many bridges have collapsed, making it difficult for authorities to get aid in, not to mention rebuilding the area.

Here bridges are the only link to the outside world. Now the 5-thousand residents in this mountainous area have to travel by foot.

Highway and communication facilities were also largely damaged; many business shops toppled.

A large warehouse located by the river didn't escape either. The priceless acoustics devices and cameras stored inside are all damaged.

Warehouse Owner, said, "The water pumped in from the upstream and washed away most of the facilities. The mud on the mountain buried the whole warehouse, leaving debris like this."

A tough job lies ahead.

The local government has launched an emergency reconstruction plan and have managed to restore power supply in some areas. But phone services and water supplies are far from returning to normal.

Authorities say it may take several more months for a complete recovery.

To better handle the disaster, the government of Rio de Janeiro launched the first disaster-warning system Friday. The alert systems were mainly deployed in high-risk areas, which are connected to a supercomputer to help forecast and monitor the extreme weather.

The city is scheduled to establish sixty such warning systems within two months, and are expected to cover 117 poor communities in high-risk mudslide-stricken areas.



Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: CNTV.CN

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