In mid-March, the São Paulo State of Brazil was hit by heavy rains, reported as the highest rainfall ever recorded for this time of year in the area. Several cities were left with flooding-water and mud reaching over 1 meter (3.3 feet), and the water is decreasing very slowly, which increases the risk of disease. Many schools are being used as government shelter for those who have damaged or destroyed homes and material loss for the area is well into the millions of dollars.
ADRA Brazil’s response has focused on two fronts: the distribution of hygiene materials, which will help stop the spread of disease, and the collection and distribution of food and material items.
ADRA volunteers assisted with the coordination of getting donated food, clothing, mattresses, water, vitamins, and diapers out to affected communities.