RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil’s second-largest city, awoke to scenes of chaos on Thursday after thrashing wind and rain whipped through neighborhoods, felling trees, flooding streets and sweeping away buses with a storm that killed at the very least six people.
????A bit of Rio’s most iconic neighborhoods, including tourist locations like Ipanema and Copacabana, were battered by winds as much as 110 kilometers every (68 mph) on Wednesday night, with precarious hillside favelas hit by mudslides that closed roads.
At least six people died, with 2 of them killed any time a bus was buried from a mudslide while driving along an exposed coastal road, authorities said.
????“Rrt had been a lot of water that appeared causing this tragedy,” Rio’s mayor, Marcelo Crivella, told local news media. “It was unexpected.”
??? The storm came just days after Rio experienced its hottest January in 97 years, with temperatures rising up to 42 degrees Celsius (107.6 degrees).
??? On Thursday, doormen mixed up branches outside upscale apartments and condos, while street cleaners fanned out throughout the city, planning to bring to the post-apocalyptic scenes.
In Arpoador, on Ipanema’s world-famous beach, a sailboat was washed on shore. The pair inside was able escape may become was swept ashore, local media reported.
????During Wednesday night, a lot of us had been stranded in bars and restaurants when the storm hit, watching with fear and incredulity as winds tore in the streets, flattening signs and blasting parasols.
????TV images showed one man being swept away with a raging torrent water that gushed from the Rocinha favela, while other reports displayed cars succumbing towards the flow.
????Crivella noted that Rio weren’t yet because of danger, with rains due at a later date Thursday.
????“They are going to less intense rains, with less powerful winds,” he stated. “We ask that searchers stay in a safe, secure location.”