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Approaching polar air to exacerbate situation in flood-hit southern Brazil: meteorologist

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Approaching polar air to exacerbate situation in flood-hit southern Brazil: meteorologist

2024-05-14 20:14 Last Updated At:20:37

⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠An approaching polar air mass is expected to result in significant temperature drop in southern Brazil, exacerbating the already challenging situation caused by ongoing floods, said a meteorologist, warning about the impacts of human interference on climate change. 

A major flooding caused by heavy rains in Brazil's southern state of Rio Grande do Sul has left hundreds of towns under water and caused widespread power and water outages, forcing the residents there to take shelter in open fields and on the roadsides.

According to the weather forecast, more rains will hit southern Brazil over the next few days. This is likely to further worsen the disaster, which has already resulted in 147 confirmed deaths in Rio Grande do Sul.

The governor of Rio Grande do Sul posted a video on social platforms, expressing concerns that the rivers are likely to surpass the levels witnessed last week, leading to further extensive and severe flooding.

However, the threat is not limited to floods, as temperatures are also expected to drop in the coming days due to the approaching cold wave.

"It will lower the temperatures significantly in southern Brazil, with temperatures approaching zero degrees. People are already wet and they will be cold," said Glauco Freitas, a meteorologist with the National Institute of Meteorology.

Freitas further warned that the extreme weather may be a testament to the impacts of climate change resulting from human interference.

"This disaster will go down in history as one of the events that prove the impacts of climate change, of human interference in the climate," he said. 

Officials estimated that over two million people have been impacted by days of rain in the region.

Approaching polar air to exacerbate situation in flood-hit southern Brazil: meteorologist

Approaching polar air to exacerbate situation in flood-hit southern Brazil: meteorologist

China's railways carried a total of 337 million tons of freight in May this year, up 2.8 percent year on year, with demand for coal-driven electricity as a driving force behind the movement.

The month saw nearly 71 million tons of freight transported by containers, up 20 percent year on year, according to statistics from China Railway.

According to China Railway, demand for electricity as summer approaches is keeping the railway system at high capacity. To support coal transportation of coal within the country and the export of Xinjiang coal, the average daily loading of coal on railways nationwide remained above 80,000 wagons and 55,000 wagons, respectively.

In international freight transport, China sent a total of 1,724 freight trains to Europe in May, sending 186,000 twenty-foot equivalent units of cargo, up 14 percent and 13 percent respectively year on year, setting a record for transport volume in a single month.

The China-Laos Railway carried 473,000 tons of cargo across the border in the month, up 16.2 percent year-on-year, along with a surge in fruit and vegetables transported to and from Southeast Asia.

China continues to promote its campaign to shift road freight to rail. Ports across the country are improving ship-to-train transshipment solutions with an average of 33,600 wagons transshipped per day, up 15.4 percent year-on-year.

China's freight trains carry 337 million tons in May, with container traffic grows quickly

China's freight trains carry 337 million tons in May, with container traffic grows quickly

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