2014 World Cup: Host City Natal Declares Flood Alert
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.
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.
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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