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Apr 23, 2015

00:32:01 GMT--Tornado - South-America - Brazil

EDIS Number: TO-20150421-47885-BRA
Date / time: 21/04/2015 17:00:08 [UTC]
Event: Tornado
Area: South-America
Country: Brazil
State/County: State of Santa Catarina
Location: Xanxere
Number of Deads: 2 person(s)
Number of Injured: 120 person(s)
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: 1000 person(s)
Damage level: Heavy


Authorities say two people have been killed and 1,000 have been left homeless by a tornado that struck a southern Brazilian city. The state of Santa Catarina's civil defense department said Tuesday that the vast storm that blew through the city of Xanxere Monday night damaged about 500 homes. Lampposts were knocked down, and the strong winds flipped vehicles over and blew off the roofs of homes. Officials say they are still counting the number of those taken to hospitals with injuries. Xanxere Mayor Ademir Gasparini told local media he saw many people who were hurt. Tornadoes are rare in Brazil, but the region where the country meets Argentina and Uruguay is prone to supercell storms that can give birth to tornadoes.

Event updates:
Situation Update No. 2 on 23.04.2015 at 00:31:36.
Situation Update No. 1 on 2015-04-22 at 03:12:35.

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