2016 São Paulo flood and mudslide

Intense flooding and mudslides struck São Paulo (city) and São Paulo (state), Brazil, following heavy rain and killed at least 21.[1][2] The downpour in São Paulo and the surrounding areas set new records for rainfall levels for the month of March and left cities covered in up to a meter of slowly draining mud and flood water.[3] The rain occurred after months of drought.[4]

2016 Brazil flood and mudslides
Sao Paulo in Brazil.svg
Location of São Paulo state in Brazil
Date11 March 2016
LocationSão Paulo (state), Brazil


Beginning on March 10 and continuing until the morning of March 11, torrential rain poured up to 61 mm in Sorocaba, west of São Paulo and up to 87 mm in Mirante de Santana, in the north.[5] The towns of Francisco de Morato and Itepavi were both affected by a landslide that left 13 people dead. The towns of Cajamar and Guarulhos also experienced heavy flooding that led to the deaths of four people.[6] Of the 21 killed, reports state that 18 victims died as a result of the mudslides, while 3 others drowned in the flood. Both travelers and local residents were stranded as roads were covered in water.[7] Also, as a result of the rain, São Paulo's International Airport was forced to close for approximately 6 hours.[8] The downpour also halted commuter train travel for several hours.[8]

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  1. ^ a b IANS (12 March 2016). "Rainstorm leaves 21 dead in Sao Paulo".
  2. ^ "Flood killed 15 people in Brazil". Reuters. 11 March 2016. Retrieved 12 March 2016.
  3. ^ "Flooding in Sãu Paulo Prompts Emergency Response from ADRA Colombia | ADRA". adra.org. Retrieved 2016-09-16.
  4. ^ "20 Killed By Flooding, Mudslides in Brazil". The Weather Channel. Retrieved 2016-03-30.
  5. ^ "Brazil - 24 Dead After Floods and Landslides in São Paulo - FloodList". FloodList. Retrieved 2016-03-30.
  6. ^ "Floods and landslides claim 21 lives across Sao Paulo, Brazil". The Watchers - Watching the world evolve and transform. Retrieved 2016-09-16.
  7. ^ "Downpours cause deadly floods, mudslides in Sao Paulo". www.aljazeera.com. Retrieved 2016-03-30.
  8. ^ a b "Brazil mudslides, flooding kill at least 16 around Sao Paulo". www.cbsnews.com. Retrieved 2016-03-30.