Every year between the months of October and May is Brazil’s rainy season. More rainfall than usual fell between the months of October 2015 and January 2016. The overflow of rain water flooded different regions inside of the nation of Brazil. The heaviest hit areas were in southern part of the country along the borders of Paraguay and Uruguay. Disaster relief agencies state that Paraguay received the most extensive flood damage on the whole entire continent. However, hundreds of thousands of Brazilian people who lived along the southern border region of the state had to leave their homes.
Major river systems in the southern region such as the Parana and extensive wetland areas such as the Lago Esteros del Ibera received an abundance of rain water. People who lived next to the shores or a few miles away from them had to be evacuated for safety reason. Brazilian State Secretary of Health Sergio Cortes traveled through different parts of the country in order to survey the devastated areas.
Dr. Cortes wanted to see the post-flood conditions first hand. He traveled to areas such as Xerém and Duque de Caxias. These areas were hit hard by the rains and Dr. Cortes wanted to ensure that the medical facilities in the area had the adequate resources they needed to provide care to displaced people.
Keep in mind that the nation is dealing with a Zika crisis. With the excessive amount of rainfall and warm temperatures; the Aedes aegypti mosquito thrives within this kind of environment. This is bad news for people who live in the nation and for tourists that visit. The Aedes aegypti mosquito is the primary culprit for spreading the Zika virus. This insect is also responsible for infecting people with other viruses such as dengue or chikungunya. Brazilian health officials want to ensure that the mosquito population is growing too strong.
The medical facilities that are on the front lines of this crisis are prepared to deal with the situation. Dr. Cortes ensures that each medical unit has adequate medicine and technology for treating people. He also speaks with the people about the importance of hygiene while living in a flood prone area. The fact is that disease will spread at a quicker rate when people do not perform simple action such as brushing their teeth or washing their hands.
Cortes is also coordinating with other health officials in the flood stricken areas. He wants them to know that they will receive necessary aid to assist them during this crisis. More information about this story is available from Extra. People can also follow Dr. Cortes on Twitter to get updated information about this relief effort.