President Jacob Zuma conveys condolences to the Government and people of Brazil following mudslide disaster

South African President, His Excellency Jacob Zuma today, 14 January 2011, conveyed his sincere condolences to President Dilma Rousseff, the Government and the people of the Federative Republic of Brazil following mudslide disasters caused by heavy rains which mainly affected Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.

“I have learnt with considerable distress of the mudslide disaster, which has been triggered by heavy rains in the state of Rio de Janeiro, where more than 350 Brazilians perished. It is with great sadness and profound sorrow that we have learnt of the widespread devastation caused by heavy floods.”

“On behalf of the Government and people of South Africa, I wish to extend our condolences to the Government and the people of the Federative Republic of Brazil. The people of South Africa share the pain and loss of the loved ones, their homes and property and our thoughts and prayers go to the affected families.”

The South African government wishes the rescue and recovery teams, who have also suffered losses whilst deployed in these areas, every success in their efforts.

For further information please contact Mr. Clayson Monyela spokesperson for DIRCO on 082 884 5974

Issued by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation

OR Tambo Building
460 Soutpansberg Road
Rietondale
Pretoria

14 January 2011

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