Death toll rises from northeastern Brazilian floods

STORY: According to a message posted on Twitter by the Federal Civil Defense service, which is in charge of emergency management, 56 people had died in the northeastern state of Pernambuco and one died in the neighboring state of Alagoas as of Sunday afternoon. Another 56 people in Pernambuco were missing, and thousands across both states were displaced.

President Jair Bolsonaro tweeted Sunday that he would visit Recife, the hard-hit capital of Pernambuco on Monday morning.

This is Brazil's fourth major flooding event in five months, after the nation spent most of 2021 in a severe drought. It has provoked debate over the potential role of climate change in Brazil's volatile weather pattern and has focused attention on the nation's often-haphazard urban planning.

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