Hundreds of houses located in the foothills of the mountains, were destroyed and buried, the recent declaration will make easier the reconstruction of housing infrastructure of the homes that 6050 people have lost. 7780 people had to leave their houses (located in areas of risk) to temporarily shelters in gymnasiums and public schools.
In the state of public calamity, the government allows both the regional and municipal service to hire construction companies and workers, without open bidding and skipping other bureaucratic obstacles.
The decree, which will initially be valid for 180 days, also makes it faster the material purchase and execution of works.
The decree establishing the state of public calamity extends to Nueva Friburgo, Teresópolis, Petrópolis, Bom Jardim, Sao José do Vale do Río Preto, Sumidouro and Areal.
As this is one of the greatest tragedies in the history of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff, president of the country, declared three days of national mourning for the number of people who perished because of the heavy rains.
Source: El Universal