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Death toll from south Brazil's rainstorm hits 151

2024-05-17 16:58 Last Updated At:22:27

The death toll of south Brazil rainstorm has hit 151, while another 104 people remain missing, Brazil's Civil Defense agency said Thursday.

Since torrential rains began to lash the country's southernmost state, Rio Grande do Sul, on April 29, floods and mudslides have left some 600,000 people homeless.

According to the Civil Defense agency's latest report, over 2.28 million residents have been directly impacted by the disaster in the state, which borders Argentina and Uruguay, and is a center of Brazilian agribusiness, as well as the top rice producer in Latin America.

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva visited the area on Wednesday, speaking to those taking refuge in shelters, and pledged more aid for displaced families so they can buy new homes.

The government has set up an extraordinary secretariat in Porto Alegre, which has the ranking of a ministry, to coordinate relief and recovery efforts through February 2025.

In addition to government efforts, statistics show that more than 15,000 volunteers from all over Brazil have contributed to disaster relief in the region.

At a relief supply distribution center in Porto Alegre, capital of the state of Rio Grande do Sul, about 2,000 volunteers have been working in morning and evening shifts to help local authorities receive and distribute donations from all over the country.

Guilherme Miller, a local English teacher, became one of the volunteers after the rainstorms forced the closure of his school.

"Any person who has one hour to help can come here, can help. It's my duty to come here and work every day as much as I can," said Miller.

In a shelter in the hardest-hit city of Canoas, more than 260 people have lost their homes and there is a shortage of medical personnel. Fabio, a doctor of a private hospital in Porto Alegre, took the initiative to provide medical services at the shelter.

"I'm doing my best to help with both medical care and nighttime emergencies. This weekend, 200 volunteer doctors and nurses from Santa Catarina will be here to help," said Fabio.

Death toll from south Brazil's rainstorm hits 151

Death toll from south Brazil's rainstorm hits 151

Death toll from south Brazil's rainstorm hits 151

Death toll from south Brazil's rainstorm hits 151

Death toll from south Brazil's rainstorm hits 151

Death toll from south Brazil's rainstorm hits 151

Death toll from south Brazil's rainstorm hits 151

Death toll from south Brazil's rainstorm hits 151

今天,完成月球背面采样的嫦娥六号顺利返回地球。多国专家高度评价嫦娥六号此次的探月任务,盛赞嫦娥六号实现了重大科学突破,取得了了不起的成就。

International experts have hailed the historical significance of China's successful Chang'e-6 mission and say the samples obtained from the far side of the moon can be deemed as a major scientific breakthrough for all of mankind.

The Chang'e-6 mission concluded its 53-day journey on Tuesday, becoming the first spacecraft to successfully retrieve and return precious samples from the mysterious 'dark' side of the moon, paving the way for scientists to uncover secrets about our celestial neighbor.

The return capsule safely touched down at the designated landing site in the Siziwang Banner of north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region shortly after 14:00 local time on Tuesday afternoon, with the China National Space Administration (CNSA) declaring the mission a complete success, marking another remarkable achievement in China's space exploration endeavors.

Kirill Babaev, director of the Institute of China and Contemporary Asia of the Russian Academy of Sciences, said the probe's return is very good news for the entire international community, who will now be eager to study the samples in detail.

"It's the first time in the history of mankind that some kind of vehicle has landed on the other side of the moon and gets back [to Earth with samples]. It will bring us more material to study the moon. It's definitely a very good breakthrough for the Chinese [space] industry and for the world development of space studies. I'm very much interested in seeing what kind of product will be brought to the Earth from the moon," said Babaev.

The momentous Chang'e-6 mission was considered one of the most complex and challenging undertakings in China's space exploration efforts to date, as the country attempted to complete a feat never dared before.

After launching from the tropical southern island province of Hainan on May 3, the mission's pivotal stage came almost one month later when the probe's lander-ascent combination successfully touched down in the South Pole-Aitken Basin on June 2 to begin two-days of sampling work on the lunar surface. The rest of the mission went smoothly as the precious cargo was later transferred aboard the returner, which made it back safely on Tuesday.

Experts have hailed the historic nature of completing such an operation on the mysterious far side of the moon, with China being the only country to have previously made a soft landing there back in 2019 and now achieving the first ever sample collection.

"The most significant thing about this mission is the fact that it's the first time we are bringing back samples from the far side of the moon. Firstly, it is a very challenging part of the moon, to even land on in the first place, because the surface is not very friendly to land a probe there. It's the least explored side of the moon, so being able to know its composition could have a lot of significance," said Charles Mpho Takalana, head of secretariat of the African Astronomical Society.

"The landing of Chang'e-6 on the far side of the moon is of great significance. Obtaining materials from the far side of the moon will give us a broader perspective on the study of the origin of the moon, especially because the samples were collected by Chang'e-6 from the South Pole-Aitken Basin. China's space program is making great progress and achievements, and the success of Chang'e-6 is the best proof of this," said Jorge Soliz, a Bolivian aerospace expert.

Historical lunar sample return hailed as major breakthrough for global science community

Historical lunar sample return hailed as major breakthrough for global science community

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