Measure lasts 30 days and allows other countries to send consumer products and equipment to help the State

The vice-president and minister of Development, Industry, Commerce and Services, Geraldo Alckmin (PSB), announced on Friday night (May 10, 2024) that the ministry will publish an ordinance in an extra edition of the Official Diary of the Union allowing donations from other countries of used products, whether equipment or consumer goods, to help Rio Grande do Sul.

According to Alckmin, donations of used goods are prohibited in Brazil. The measure lasts 30 days and is restricted to Rio Grande do Sul. With the ordinance, other countries will be able to donate clothing, equipment and machinery to help rebuild the State. Here is the full text of the ordinance (PDF – 102 kB).

The vice president said that the government’s intention is “encourage the whole world to help” the population of Rio Grande do Sul so that there is no “no obstacles” donations to the State.

By publishing the ordinance, the Ministry of Development, Industry, Commerce and Services responded to a request made by the government of Rio Grande do Sul, the CNI (National Confederation of Industry) and Fiergs-RS (Federation of Industries of the State of Rio Grande southern).

The State has been suffering from heavy rains since April 28. The storms destroyed roads and flooded at least 265 cities, including the capital Porto Alegre.

The number of deaths caused by heavy rains in Rio Grande do Sul rose to 116, according to the State Civil Defense bulletin. They are 143 people missing and 756 injuries in the region. In total, 1.9 million residents have already been affected in some way by the floods.


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