U.S. announces assistance of R$ 520,000 in response to heavy rains in Petrópolis

Resources will be used to distribute personal hygiene and cleaning kits to displaced families

Brasilia, February 19, 2022: The United States government, through USAID (the United States Agency for International Development), announced today the donation of R$ 520,000 in immediate assistance for families affected by the heavy rains that hit the city of Petrópolis, in the Serrana region of Rio de Janeiro state, on Tuesday (February 15).

The Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Brazil, Douglas Koneff, said: “One of the characteristics that defines the partnership with Brazil is our desire to support each other in difficult times. It is devasting for all of us to see this tragedy unfold in the city of Petropolis. We express our feelings of sorrow and solidarity to the families of the victims and displaced families.”

The funds will be used to distribute personal hygiene, cleaning kits, and food to displaced families. The funds will be administered by the Adventist Development Relief Agency (ADRA).

“USAID joins efforts to help recover the damage done to families in the Serrana region of Rio de Janeiro, and we are on hand to help them rebuild their lives,” added USAID Brazil Director Ted Gehr.

For the latest USAID humanitarian assistance in Brazil, visit: https://www.usaid.gov/humanitarian-assistance/brazil