Nova Friburgo one month after the tragedy

Today, which marks the one month aniversary of the rains, floods and landslides which have killed at least 890 people in the Região Serrana of Rio de Janeiro, I visited some areas nearby the city of Nova Friburgo which have been devasted. My visit, with some members of the CERT team that I trained here in Friburgo, was primarily so that we could take some photos that would help enhance further CERT training course.

I was amazed at the destruction that we encountered so close to the city center.

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A young Brazilian man, whom I have known for many years and in whom I have the highest confidence, visited the suburb of Caleme in Teresópolis this week as part of his work. He visited four different people in Caleme, also a nurse who had worked in disaster relief in the two worst hit areas of Caleme and Campo Grande, and, in total, spoke to around thirty people in the Teresópolis area.

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