2014 World Cup: Host City Natal Declares Flood Alert

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By Esther Tanquintic-Misa | June 17, 2014 12:52 PM EST

Natal, the Brazilian host city of this year's 2014 World Cup, has issued a flood alert after it received a whopping amount of water from two days of non-stop rains.

SkyNews reported the city has been whipped by flash floods and landslides that have destroyed at least 25 homes. The downpour that began Friday and subsided on Sunday dumped rain good enough for an entire month in just 50 hours.

Brazil's meteorological agency said 15 inches of rain fell in Natal, a city of one million, from June 14 to 16.

No injuries were reported nor confirmed.

Authorities, however, cautioned residents to brace for more flooding as more rains are expected to come. The average monthly rainfall for June had already been exceeded, they said.

A soccer goalpost stands half buried in the ground after a major flood, at a stadium in Nemila June 3, 2014. The 2014 Brazil World Cup opens on June 12 and fans around the globe are gearing up for the big tournament. But soccer lovers are not only preparing to watch the world's best professional players battle it out on the pitch; they are also out there kicking a ball about themselves. Reuters photographers on every continent, in countries from China to the Czech Republic, went out to capture images of soccer goalposts used by players to practise the 'beautiful game'. Picture taken June 3, 2014. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic (BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP SOCIETY DISASTER ENVIRONMENT) ATTENTION EDITORS: PICTURE 03 OF 60 FOR PACKAGE '2014 WORLD CUP - AROUND THE WORLD IN 60 GOALS' TO FIND ALL IMAGES SEARCH 'GLOBAL GOALPOSTS'
A soccer goalpost stands half buried in the ground after a major flood, at a stadium in Nemila June 3, 2014. The 2014 Brazil World Cup opens on June 12 and fans around the globe are gearing up for the big tournament. But soccer lovers are not only preparing to watch the world's best professional players battle it out on the pitch; they are also out there kicking a ball about themselves. Reuters photographers on every continent, in countries from China to the Czech Republic, went out to capture images of soccer goalposts used by players to practise the 'beautiful game'. Picture taken June 3, 2014. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic (BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP SOCIETY DISASTER ENVIRONMENT) ATTENTION EDITORS: PICTURE 03 OF 60 FOR PACKAGE '2014 WORLD CUP - AROUND THE WORLD IN 60 GOALS' TO FIND ALL IMAGES SEARCH 'GLOBAL GOALPOSTS'

Residents in two buildings have been evacuated as a precaution, a statement from Natal's City Hall said. Local news reports showed images of a huge crater in a residential street.

Despite the flood alert, the anticipated soccer match between the U.S. and Ghana pushed on. The U.S. team defeated the African nation 2-1 Monday in the World Cup opener for both.

Goalposts stand in a soccer field flooded by the waters of the Paraguay River in Asuncion May 30, 2014. The 2014 Brazil World Cup opens on June 12 and fans around the globe are gearing up for the big tournament. But soccer lovers are not only preparing to watch the world's best professional players battle it out on the pitch; they are also out there kicking a ball about themselves. Reuters photographers on every continent, in countries from China to the Czech Republic, went out to capture images of soccer goalposts used by players to practise the 'beautiful game'. Picture taken May 30, 2014. REUTERS/Jorge Adorno (PARAGUAY - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) ATTENTION EDITORS: PICTURE 01 OF 60 FOR PACKAGE '2014 WORLD CUP - AROUND THE WORLD IN 60 GOALS' TO FIND ALL IMAGES SEARCH 'GLOBAL GOALPOSTS'
Goalposts stand in a soccer field flooded by the waters of the Paraguay River in Asuncion May 30, 2014. The 2014 Brazil World Cup opens on June 12 and fans around the globe are gearing up for the big tournament. But soccer lovers are not only preparing to watch the world's best professional players battle it out on the pitch; they are also out there kicking a ball about themselves. Reuters photographers on every continent, in countries from China to the Czech Republic, went out to capture images of soccer goalposts used by players to practise the 'beautiful game'. Picture taken May 30, 2014. REUTERS/Jorge Adorno (PARAGUAY - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) ATTENTION EDITORS: PICTURE 01 OF 60 FOR PACKAGE '2014 WORLD CUP - AROUND THE WORLD IN 60 GOALS' TO FIND ALL IMAGES SEARCH 'GLOBAL GOALPOSTS'

Natal's weekend floods runs on the opposite to the conditions in São Paulo, another World Cup host city. The drought conditions in São Paulo has raised concerns about water supplies and electrical power generation.

Video here of landslides in Natal.

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A soccer goalpost stands half buried in the ground after a major flood, at a stadium in Nemila June 3, 2014. The 2014 Brazil World Cup opens on June 12 and fans around the globe are gearing up for the big tournament. But soccer lovers are not only preparing to watch the world's best professional players battle it out on the pitch; they are also out there kicking a ball about themselves. Reuters photographers on every continent, in countries from China to the Czech Republic, went out to capture images of soccer goalposts used by players to practise the 'beautiful game'. Picture taken June 3, 2014. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic (BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP SOCIETY DISASTER ENVIRONMENT) ATTENTION EDITORS: PICTURE 03 OF 60 FOR PACKAGE '2014 WORLD CUP - AROUND THE WORLD IN 60 GOALS' TO FIND ALL IMAGES SEARCH 'GLOBAL GOALPOSTS'
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Goalposts stand in a soccer field flooded by the waters of the Paraguay River in Asuncion May 30, 2014. The 2014 Brazil World Cup opens on June 12 and fans around the globe are gearing up for the big tournament. But soccer lovers are not only preparing to watch the world's best professional players battle it out on the pitch; they are also out there kicking a ball about themselves. Reuters photographers on every continent, in countries from China to the Czech Republic, went out to capture images of soccer goalposts used by players to practise the 'beautiful game'. Picture taken May 30, 2014. REUTERS/Jorge Adorno (PARAGUAY - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) ATTENTION EDITORS: PICTURE 01 OF 60 FOR PACKAGE '2014 WORLD CUP - AROUND THE WORLD IN 60 GOALS' TO FIND ALL IMAGES SEARCH 'GLOBAL GOALPOSTS'
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