Rio de Janeiro city decrees state of public calamity

Torrential rains have killed 10 people

Torrential rains have killed 10 people

The Rio de Janeiro City Council has decreed a state of public calamity because of the rains that have been hitting the city since Monday night (April 8).

With the decree, it is now possible to hire emergency services to address the flood without a public tender. If the federal government accepts the calamity decree, the document will also facilitate the transfer of Union resources to the city hall for these emergency interventions.

The decree also allows for expropriations and the use of private property, in case of imminent danger, by Civil Defense authorities and other municipal agencies.

Rio de Janeiro Mayor Marcelo Crivella said the measure is necessary not only because of the storm, which caused several floods and landslides and killed ten people, but also given that the City Council is facing a "serious economic crisis."

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