Overview

Brazil is exposed to a wide variety of natural and man-made hazards. On 24 January 2019, a dam collapse near the mining town of Brumadinho triggered widespread flooding, which claimed the lives of at least 84 people.? A similar dam failure occurred in 2015, killing 19 people and leaving 250,000 without drinking water.?

Since 2016, Brazil has been significantly affected by the Venezuelan refugee crisis, and currently hosts more than 88,900 Venezuelans who have fled their home country as a result of political and economic turmoil ?. The number of Venezuelans seeking protection in Brazil is rapidly increasing, and according to UNHCR, could reach 190,000 by the end of 2019.? Most Venezuelans who have fled to Brazil are being hosted in camps and host communities in the state of Roraima, which is located near the Brazil-Venezuela border.?

In 2015-2016 when Zika virus hit Latin America and the Caribbean, Brazil was most affected, reporting over a million cases by early February 2016.?