A tragedy of a different sort has befallen
Rio. It does not, to be sure, compare in terms of lives and livelihoods lost to the ongoing struggles brought on by flooding in nearby mountain towns. There families continue to search for lost relatives and remain camped out in school gymnasiums awaiting what might come next. At last count the dead have surpassed 850 and there are still some 400+ people missing. It was proclaimed ’s worst natural disaster several hundred fatalities ago… Brazil
What a horror show. Early Monday morning fire broke out in one of the barracãos (warehouse work spaces) and quickly grew to engulf the entire three story space, while spreading into the two neighboring spaces as well.
See more photos here.
At escola Grande Rio nearly everything was lost: floats, costumes, design molds, computers, cell phones, cash reserves – more than R$7 million in losses. Thankfully the bateria’s (percussion band’s) instruments were off site at the time and so have been spared.
It may be “just a parade” to some, but creating a winning Carnaval presentation is big business, and so much of the effort resonates in people’s hearts throughout the year. It is a full time job for some, and hundreds of workers are employed for a good six months to make it a reality.
The show will go on. It is sure to be an emotional event.
[Two photos taken from here.]