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Caimans on the loose in flash flooded Rio's favelas

Thursday, April 11th 2019 - 09:15 UTC
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The caimans, smaller relatives of alligators, belong to a resident of the Rolas favela in western Rio, and escaped when a wall holding them in burst The caimans, smaller relatives of alligators, belong to a resident of the Rolas favela in western Rio, and escaped when a wall holding them in burst

Residents of a hillside Rio de Janeiro favela risk finding hungry caimans at their front door after the city was hit hard by heavy flooding caused by torrential rain.

The cold-blooded creatures - smaller relatives of alligators - belong to a resident of the Rolas favela in western Rio, and escaped on Tuesday when a wall holding them in burst when struck by a flash flood.

An animal control team has been mobilized to re-capture the reptiles, the Rio environmental services office said. How many were on the loose? Officials did not say.

The team faces a risky task: not only must they be wary of the aggressive animals, but they must navigate streets knee-deep in water or slick with mud, dodging uprooted trees and loose power lines like the one that electrocuted a man to death near where the caimans escaped from.

They also face more mundane dangers, such as being shot, knifed, mugged or kidnapped in the high-crime favela.

As of Wednesday, the team had been unable to enter the favela “due to the strong presence of drug traffickers,” city officials said.

“I saw the wall collapse and two people have already seen caimans at their front door,” a local resident wrote on social media.

The unusually heavy rain, which began late Monday and continued into Tuesday, has killed at least 10 people, officials said.

The rain triggered flash flooding that turned some streets into raging rivers, uprooting trees and sweeping away vehicles. Heavy runoff from neighboring hills gushed through some apartment buildings and shops, leaving behind mud and debris.

Categories: Environment, Brazil.

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  • chronic

    GND must be adopted or alligators will plague Detroit in five years.

    Apr 11th, 2019 - 01:39 pm 0
  • :o))

    They are on the lose in Brasilia too!

    Posted 4 days ago 0
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