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Death toll from floods in Brazil reaches 83, with climate change viewed as a major driver

With one Brazilian official decrying it as “the worst disaster” in his state’s history, the recent floods in Rio Grande do Sul have claimed 83 lives at the time of this writing and scientists agree climate change was a culprit. The death toll is expected to rise.

The torrential downpour — which bombarded Rio Grande do Sul in just four days with more than 70 percent of all the rain it would normally get in the month of April — destroyed roads, left thousands without water and power and destroyed key infrastructure....

Originally posted on salon.com