Brazilian Prime Minister Bolsonaro visited the flood-affected jungle state of the Amazon


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In Seine-Madureira, one of the worst-hit cities, nearly 70% of its area was flooded or flooded, and more than 4,000 families were relocated, the fire service said.

In Rio Branco, the capital of Accra, television images showed large parts of the city flooded.

Water levels in several municipalities fell on Wednesday, but more rain is expected this week.

The floods pose greater difficulties for a poor country that has already struggled with a resurgence of COVID-19, a dengue outbreak and a migration crisis on its border with Peru.

Acre confirmed 622 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, according to the health ministry.

Governor Gladson Cameli said on Tuesday that he had asked for more oxygen to be sent to Acre to treat a growing number of patients and avoid a public health disaster like the one in the neighboring state of Amazonas. Earlier this year, in the capital of the Amazon, Manaus, oxygen was missing in hospitals, forcing the families of patients to find the cylinders on their own.

“I won’t be surprised by someone’s death because I didn’t have oxygen,” Cameli said.

The state also suffered more than 10,000 suspected cases of dengue fever in the first two months of this year, more than twice as many as in the same period in 2021, according to the G1 internet news. Cameli warned that after river levels recede, dengue and other mosquito-borne diseases are likely to spread more aggressively, increasing pressure on the public health system.

“I ask professionals who are able to come here to help us,” he said.

Finally, the authorities must deal with the protracted migration crisis on their border with Peru. About 400 migrants arrived in Acre’s border town of Assis Brasil in mid-December.

The migrants, mostly Haitians and Venezuelans, were trying to cross the border with Peru on their way to Mexico and the United States, federal authorities said. But the Peruvian government closed the border with Brazil last year, due to the COVID-19 crisis.

Brazilian Citizenship Minister Miguel Ângelo Oliveira said migrants had been misinformed that the border in Assis Brasil had reopened. Clashes between migrants and Peruvian police forces erupted last week.

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