River in Brazil affected by floods nears record levels of growth

River in Brazil affected by floods nears record levels of growth
River in Brazil affected by floods nears record levels of growth

(CNN) — The Guaíba River in the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul is once again approaching record water levels after heavy rains this week hit the region already recovering from severe flooding.

The river, which flows through the state capital, Porto Alegre, has risen rapidly in the past 24 hours, reaching 5.22 meters (17.1 feet) in mid-Tuesday, just shy of the record high. last week of 5.35 meters (17.55 feet), but well above the threshold of 3 meters (9.8 feet), according to the national water agency.

Heavy rains over the past two weeks have already affected more than 2.1 million people across the state. At least 148 people died and 538,545 were displaced, the Rio Grande do Sul civil defense agency reported this Tuesday.

In addition to flooding, much of the region is now facing colder temperatures.

Porto Alegre registered 10 °C this Tuesday, its lowest temperature of the year so far, https://twitter.com/inmet_/status/1790390263455617483 (INMET).

This Wednesday, parts of Rio Grande do Sul could register minimum temperatures that will range between 3 ºC and 0 °C, indicated INMET.

The agency issued an orange alert for much of the southern region, warning of dangerous conditions as temperatures plunged below freezing.

 
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