Operation “Taquari” was activated almost 30 days ago by the Ministry of Defense to help municipalities affected by the rains
By First Lieutenant (RM2-T) Luciana Almeida – Brasília, DF
The Brazilian Navy (MB) has been working for almost 30 days to support families stranded in Rio Grande do Sul due to the heavy rains that have hit the state. In recent days, the actions have been concentrated in Canoas (RS), where teams have been distributing basic food baskets and hygiene kits to residents who have been unable to leave the affected areas.
The MB’s activities are being led by the 5th Naval District Command, based in Rio Grande (RS).
Initially, the Force helped rescue the stranded population with boats, aircraft, vehicles and military personnel in the Vale do Taquari region and in the municipality of Cristal. It also supported the municipality of Uruguaiana in monitoring the rise in the level of the River Uruguay and in removing people from Ilha dos Marinheiros and Ilha de Torotama. The Force also provided medical support in the district of Povo Novo and Vila da Quinta.
The actions of the MB and the other Armed Forces take place within the scope of Operation “Taquari”, activated by the Ministry of Defense. Civil Defense and other state agencies are also taking part.
Source: Agência Marinha de Notícias