São Pedro has not given a truce to Curitiba in recent days. With several storm alerts, the rain came hard in the capital of Paraná, causing flooding in several neighborhoods, falling trees, lack of light and an old problem that affects many Curitibans: houses suffering from the floods.
According to the Paraná Environmental Technology and Monitoring System (Simepar), despite being disproportionate in Paraná, the rains were concentrated in the last week in Curitiba and region, with more than half of the 135mm that occurred last month falling in the last three days. of May. The water level of the Curitiba Integrated Water Supply System is at 89.87%, with three dams at 100%, according to the Paraná Sanitation Company (Sanepar).
Without urban planning in the regions that suffer the most from the rains, the drama of residents who lose their homes and belongings in these floods will continue, according to an expert heard by the Brazil de Fact Paraná.
Urban planning researcher Mariana Auler, from the Popular Democracy Institute, states that “in the current scenario, the biggest problem is the distribution of works. In the last package of works, interventions were announced in neighborhoods like Parolin, but if you analyze the last few years, the works were more concentrated in other central regions. There is a lack of prioritization and planning where vulnerable populations are most affected by the flood”.
Sônia Gonçalves, 35 years old, is a general services assistant at a hospital and resident of the aforementioned district of Parolin, in the central region of the city. She lives in a house in the region with her three daughters and, every now and then, when it rains, even if not heavily, she has to worry about possible flooding.
During a rainstorm in February, her house was under water, forcing her to try on her own to do some work on the wall to prevent the flooding.
“The rain is being a problem, now I made a wall in my door and it is not entering the house, but it seems that the water is entering under the wall. The situation is difficult, because we don’t know if it can break the asphalt, I’m very afraid of it”, she reports.
The assistant also reveals that other houses close to hers, even when the rains are weaker, always flood. “In principle, there is a work that the city hall is doing in the river, but it has been doing it for years. Further down my house, all the houses are flooded with any rain.”
Sônia says that she has already lost several furniture and appliances in the floods. “My refrigerator burned out the engine, my sofa rotted, my wardrobe had not even been paid for a month, it had all rotted away. In addition to clothes, documents, there were a lot of losses,” she says.
lack of planning
At the end of 2021, the city of Curitiba announced several drainage works for the Cajuru, Centro, Alto da Glória and Bairro Alto neighborhoods, in addition to the Vilas Oficinas Region. Specifically about Parolin, the municipal administration was asked about interventions in the region, but so far has not responded to the report.
Source: BdF Paraná
Editing: Frédi Vasconcelos and Lia Bianchini