In recent days, forty one people have been killed in floods and mudslides in South East Brazil due to heavy and persistent rains which have been described as the worst in 90 years.
About 70,000 people have also been forced to flee their homes in two southern states. The floods destroyed so many homes and businesses, roads and bridges.
The President of Brazil, Dilma Roussef had to interrupt her end of the year holidays on Friday to visit the flood- hit areas of Espirito Santo.
In Minas Geriais, floods and mudslides caused by 10 days of heavy rains have left 18 people dead and forced 9,420 to flee their homes.
Meanwhile, in another Southern State, Espirito Santo, about 23 people have been reported dead and 60,000 forced to seek shelter in public buildings.
So far, troops have been helping to distribute food, water and medical supplies while Army Engineers have been called to start the rebuilding of the damaged roads and bridges.
I sincerely sympathize with the families who lost members in this disaster, and others whose holidays have been ruined by this unfortunate event.