Brazil Flood Relief

May 2024 – July 2024
Last updated: May 2024

AHAH is responding to severe flooding in South Brazil, marking our first relief effort in the country. The floods severely affected Rio Grande do Sul, displacing nearly 600,000 people and damaging critical infrastructure. We aim to provide immediate relief assisting with mud removal and cleanup, and collaborate with local organizations for effective volunteer coordination and essential supplies distribution.

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Our Work

All Hands and Hearts (AHAH) acted swiftly in response to the devastating flooding in South Brazil. Our Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) was on the ground within a week, marking our first relief effort in the country. AHAH aims to provide immediate relief to individuals and families grappling with the flood’s aftermath, but with water levels yet to stabilize, the damage is still expected to exacerbate. Our team is taking immediate action to assist with the extensive need for mud removal and other cleanup efforts. In collaboration with local organizations, we aim to maximize our impact in the region and support volunteer coordination and distribution activities to ensure efficient, effective relief efforts.

Current Activities

In the three weeks since AHAH began its response to the flooding in Brazil, our base is open and welcoming volunteers. They have been hard at work supporting meal preparation with Central Voluntária de Distribuição (CVD), as well as sorting donated items for distribution to individuals and families displaced or beginning to return to their homes. The team is preparing to begin muck and guts, focusing on clearing out and power washing homes from mud and debris. AHAH is actively assessing the situation, working with local partners and exploring the different ways we can support the communities of Rio Grande do Sul in their flood recovery.

Disaster Profile

Since unprecedented rainfall began on April 29, severe flooding has affected South Brazil and parts of Uruguay, leaving 46 of 96 neighborhoods in Porto Alegre, the capital of Rio Grande do Sul, still submerged. The disastrous flooding has resulted in 169 casualties, displaced nearly 600,000 people and affected over two million inhabitants, marking Brazil’s worst flooding in over 80 years. Of those displaced, 80,000 are currently living in temporary shelters. Infrastructure, including many roads and bridges, has been heavily damaged, making access to Porto Alegre unpredictable.

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