The government of Acre has declared an emergency situation in response to severe flooding in the state’s capital, Rio Branco. The floods have affected 36 neighborhoods and displaced more than 5,000 families. As a result, the government has made schools available as emergency shelters, and a campaign has been launched to collect donations of goods and supplies to assist those affected.
According to the latest bulletin, around 23,000 people have already been assisted by emergency teams mobilized by the Fire Department. Sixteen schools are currently receiving evacuees, with more expected as the flooding continues. Janete Bezerra, the manager of Escola Santa João Paulo II, emphasized the importance of community support in times of crisis. “We cannot turn our back on such an important moment of public calamity,” she said.
The Acre River and seven other streams have overflowed, causing significant damage to streets, roads, and health units. The floods have also interrupted the water supply in some neighborhoods, and classes on municipal and state networks were suspended on Friday. The government has mobilized more than 500 agents from the Fire Department, Military Police, Civil Defense, and other departments to assist with prevention and rescue operations.
The emergency situation allows bodies and entities of the state public administration to incur the necessary expenses for the installation and maintenance of shelters, supply of inputs, logistical support, and other urgent measures. Emergency teams and boats are working tirelessly to rescue people and provide aid to those in need. However, with the forecast for more rain in the region, the situation remains critical.
As the floodwaters continue to rise, it is essential for individuals and communities to come together to support those affected by this disaster. Donations of goods and supplies can make a significant difference in helping families rebuild their lives. The hashtag #AcreFloods is being used to share information about relief efforts and ways to help those impacted by this disaster.