Tragic Rio Floods Should not Deter Tourists

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    Travelers planning to head to Rio de Janeiro should have no need to change their travel plans in the wake of the devastating floods that have hit Rio de Janeiro state this week.
    The flash floods, which are so far thought to have claimed over 300 lives, have not affected the city itself, with the impact falling on the mountainous Regiao Serrana. Flights are operating as normal in and out of the city, and public transport within Rio de Janeiro city is fully functioning.
    The mountain towns of Teresopolis and Petropolis, and much of the surrounding region, has been devastated by the floods, and although the worst appears to have passed, the ground remains unstable after a month’s worth of rain fell in just one day.
    Rio’s governor has called upon the navy to help out with the rescue operation, with electricity shortages and the sheer scale of the floodwaters making rescue attempts near impossible in many areas.
    As tragic as the news is, however, tourists have no need to panic or to avoid visiting Rio de Janeiro. The city itself has been largely unaffected by the floods, although, with the memories of last year’s terrible flooding still fresh in people’s memories, the city is very much on its guard.
    Unfortunately for sunseekers, the forecast is for more rain over the next few days, but forecasters do not believe there will be any repeat of the torrential downpours of recent days.
    Photos courtesy of Frances Ridley

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