Rain-induced flooding devastates Black communities in southern Brazil

Severe flooding in Porto Alegre, Brazil, disproportionately impacted the city's Black residents, exacerbating existing inequalities and causing widespread displacement and damage.

Tiago Rogero reports for The Guardian.


In short:

  • Torrential rains flooded Marcelo Moreira Ferreira’s home in Porto Alegre, forcing him and his family to evacuate.
  • Research shows the hardest-hit areas have a high proportion of Afro-Brazilian residents, highlighting systemic inequality.
  • Brazil’s federal government has announced aid, but many affected, including Ferreira, find it insufficient.

Key quote:

“I’m afraid the water will rise again, but we came back because it’s the only place we have.”

— Marcelo Moreira Ferreira, resident

Why this matters:

Flooding in Porto Alegre reveals deep-seated racial and socio-economic disparities, with Black communities facing the harshest consequences. Rising global temperatures and altered precipitation patterns are contributing to more extreme and unpredictable weather, posing a growing threat to vulnerable populations.

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