Rainfall Places Rio on Alert; Downtown Airport Closed for Almost One Hour

Galeão airport is operating on instruments. Trains, VLT and BRT are also partially affected. Rainfall in some regions and risk of flooding and landslides will continue throughout the week.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Rio has been placed on alert - the third level on a scale of five - at 3:20 PM on Monday, February 10th. Given the overcast skies, the Santos Dumont airport (SDU) located in Rio's downtown was closed for about an hour for landings and take-offs, according to state-owned airport operator INFRAERO.

The Galeão International Airport, on Ilha do Governador, is operating on instruments and flights have been diverted to other airports, according to the concessionaire. The neighborhood was one of the most affected by the rain, with flooded streets and stores.

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