• Crisis Severity ?
    2.0
    0 Very low
    Very high 5
  • Impact ?
    2.8
    0 Very low
    Very high 5
  • Humanitarian Conditions ?
    1.4
    0 Very low
    Very high 5
  • Complexity ?
    2.3
    0 Very low
    Very high 5
  • Access Constraints ?
    2.0
    No constraints
    Extreme constraints

Key figures

  • 52,770,000 People exposed [?]
  • 953,000 People affected [?]
  • 99,000 People displaced [?]
  • 717 Injuries reported [?]
  • 212 Fatalities reported [?]
  • 99,000 People in Need [?]

Overview

13/01/2022

Heavy rains in Brazil since November 2021 have caused flooding in the north of the country.? The impact of the floods could worsen in January–March 2022, as these are normally the months with the highest rainfall and torrential rains. ? The states most affected by the floods have been Bahia and Minas Gerais, with at least 163 municipalities currently in state of emergency. ?

A subtropical cyclone hit Bahia on 7 December, affecting localities in the south and extreme south, especially the municipalities of Medeiros Neto, Jucurucu, and Itamarajú. ? In the north of Bahia, heavy rains caused two dams to break between 25–26 December: one near the town of Vitoria da Conquista and the other in Jussiape. ? This situation led to a rise in local rivers and increased flooding. ?

In total, in both states, the floods have killed at least 26 people and affected 815,597, leaving around 101,256 in need of humanitarian assistance. ? Heavy rains have displaced at least 42,929 people and caused 34,163 to experience homelessness. ? The rains have destroyed houses, bridges, and road infrastructure, making it difficult for the population to move around and for humanitarian aid to be delivered. ?

The main sectoral needs reported are shelter, WASH, NFIs, and livelihoods. The process of returning to homes has been slow as the reconstruction of damaged homes has not been completed. Shelter capacity may be exceeded as the rainy season continues. Destruction and closure of commercial establishments has limited the population's access to NFIs. ? Damage to the water and sanitation systems has reduced access to water and sanitation services. ?

KEY PRIORITIES

20/01/2022

Health: The capacity of medical centres in both states is not at its limit, but the number of health facilities in the affected areas is insufficient. ? The overcrowding and shortage of shelters puts the health of the affected population at risk – especially pregnant women, infants, and children. There is a risk of transmission of diseases such as dengue, zika, influenza A, and COVID-19 for the displaced population, as there is a shortage and lack of use of sanitary items such as soap, alcohol, repellent, and masks. There has been an increase in the number of people hospitalised because of respiratory diseases.?

WASH: Heavy flooding has caused damage to water and sewage systems, resulting in stagnant water and solid waste in shelters, public spaces, and roads.? This has led to cases of diarrhoea and skin diseases, but there is a lack of information on the total number of cases. ? At least 34,163 people have lost their homes (IFCR 05/01/2022), so shelter capacity is at maximum, preventing social distancing and creating shortages of hygiene items, toiletries, and gender-specific showers. Lack of safe drinking water in government and makeshift shelters makes adequate sanitation impossible. ?

Food insecurity: The floods have caused crop losses and the impossibility to carry out livestock activities; 75% of the affected territories are rural. ? In Minas Gerais, vegetable producers have lost up to 100% of their production, leading to a lack of availability of food and higher food prices.? The total number of hectares of crops affected by floods to date is unknown, but there is a risk of food insecurity because most of the food production in this area is for family and local consumption.? The destruction of road infrastructure and bridges has affected livelihood activities and access to food in both states.?