The president of the country, Dilma Rousseff, has authorized the delivery of 780 million reais to alleviate the emergency.
The authorities have described as "critical" situation, officials said. Only in the mountain town of Teresopolis, the most affected by rainfall, there have been 71 deaths, as reported by the Secretary of Environment and Civil Defense of the town, Flavio Luiz de Castro.
Teresópolis Mayor, Jorge Mario, declared on Wednesday morning, the "state of public calamity" and considered the situation as critical, while the governor, Sergio Cabral, explained what happened to President Dilma Rousseff, who in turn mandated the National Integration Minister, Fernando Bezerra, flying over the area most affected by heavy rains.....TV9 NEWS - HEAVY RAIN & FLOOD IN SOUTERN BRAZIL "RIO DE JANERIO" LEFT ATLEAST 267 DEAD....!
The state's governor has asked the Navy to provide troops, transport aircraft and specialized equipment in relief to victims to address the "emergency" created, as explained in a statement. Eight hundred men of the Civil Defense and Fire Department are still searching for at least fifty people were missing.
The Civil Defense Secretariat of Rio de Janeiro reported the deaths of three firefighters who had come under the rubble of a collapsed building in Nova Friburgo. In Petrópolis, an elderly couple also died from a landslide that buried their homes. The highways connecting Rio de Janeiro with the rest of the country have partial blockage due to landslides. In several cities of Rio de Janeiro, the situation was exacerbated by the lack of electricity and potable water services were interrupted.