The beaches along the coast of 561 kilometers (348 miles) are a great attraction for tourists visiting the smallest State of the South Region. Florianópolis, the capital, is on an island and is one of the Brazilian cities that receive the most foreign tourists. To the south, Garopaba is the preferred destination of surfers looking for good waves. In the mountain region, São Joaquin is the attraction during winter because of its low temperatures. Blumenau, in the interior of Santa Catarina, is the stage for one of the biggest events of the country: the O*k*t*o*b*e*r*f*e*s*t, a traditional beer party originated from G*ermany, which happens in October. The heritage of the Italian, German and Portuguese immigrants can be seen in the architecture and the customs of the state. J*oinville is S@nta Catarina's largest city.
Last weekend, about 49 cities of S@nta Catarina were devastated with flooding. In one particular case that the TV showed, it only last the husband, he lost 3 children along with his wife.
The numbers of this tragedy so far:
More than 100 people are dead;
About 20 people still missing;
More than 70000 people are homeless.
Around 1.5 million people were affected (direct or indirectly);
Today, we spend the day collecting clothes, food and spring water to send them. One of my neighbors works for a company who rented a jet to send the donations to them.
I am asking your prayers to these people who were affected. They have enough strength to start over their lives and to trust God that there is hope in the end.