Plane crash, pre-Carnival, dengue on the rise and more: what was in the news in MG

Plane crash, pre-Carnival, dengue on the rise and more: what was in the news in MG
Plane crash, pre-Carnival, dengue on the rise and more: what was in the news in MG

Plane crash in Itapeva and the spread of dengue fever in Minas Gerais were highlights this week | Photo: Fire Department and Flávio Tavares (OTEMPO

January came to an end in Minas Gerais, with another plane accident, this time involving a plane that crashed in Itapeva, in the south of Minas Gerais. Seven people died. The arrival of February is also marked by the final preparations for Carnival. In Belo Horizonte, the official programming has already started.

During the month of January, Minas Gerais also saw an explosion of dengue cases. The curve of cases should continue to rise in February, while municipalities organize themselves to guarantee medical care for those who are sick and carry out inspections of possible outbreaks of the Aedes aegypti mosquito.

Check out, below, news that was highlighted in Minas Gerais in the week between January 28th and February 3rd.

Plane crash

Seven people died in a single-engine plane crash, on Sunday morning (January 28), in Itapeva, in the south of Minas. According to the Fire Department, before crashing, the aircraft broke apart in the air, which is rare. Debris was found far from the crash site.

Investigators from the Aeronautical Accident Investigation and Prevention Center (Cenipa) collected evidence and statements to prepare the final report on the tragedy. There is still no deadline for disclosure. Click here and find out who the victims are.

Dengue in MG

Belo Horizonte and Betim, in the metropolitan region, record the first deaths from dengue in 2024. Each city reported two deaths. In the capital of Minas Gerais, the victims are a 26-year-old woman, resident of Bareiro, and a 71-year-old woman, resident of the Pampulha region. In Betim, a 30-year-old woman and a 77-year-old woman died. All four had comorbidities. In other words, pre-existing medical conditions that may have contributed to complications with dengue.

Minas Gerais is in an emergency situation due to the increase in cases of dengue and chikungunya. The determination was published in the Official State Gazette on January 27 and is valid for 180 days. The forecast is that 2024 will be an epidemic year for dengue.


February is the month of Carnival. In Belo Horizonte, the official festivities began on January 27th and lasted until February 18th. They are planned parades of more than 500 blocks in the capital, distributed across the city’s nine regions. This Saturday (3) and this Sunday (4) pre-Carnival, there is programming for all ages and tastes, including children’s attractions.

Rain in MG

Due to heavy rains in Minas Gerais, the City Hall of Conceição do Mato Dentro, in Alto Jequitinhonha, had to cancel all Carnival events, which would take place between the 9th and 13th of February. The municipality is in an emergency situation, after a historic storm was recorded.

On Sunday (January 28) heavy rain hit several cities in the Mucuri Valley. Roads were closed and people were unable to travel, including for medical care.

Violence victims’ service

Women who go to enjoy the 2024 Carnival in Minas Gerais will have another contribution to preventing violence and sexual harassment during the festivities. The Integrated Duty Acolhe Minas will receive and guide revelers who are victims of some type of crime related to sexual harassment. The duty headquarters will be in Belo Horizonte, but those involved are being trained to provide support to victims throughout the State.

Drowning deaths increase

Summer and school holidays: in January, all paths seem to lead to a lake, reservoir or waterfall. For those who can’t travel, swimming pools and even buckets, in the case of children, will do the trick. But the search for relief in the heat needs to follow safety methods, or the joy could end in tragedy. The alert is from the Minas Gerais Fire Department. A balance released by the corporation showed that the number of deaths from drowning in the State jumped 26% in the last year – from 259 victims in 2022 to 326 in 2023. The month of January alone accounts for 13% of victims: 42 lives were lost in the first 31 days last year. This year, until the 18th, 10 deaths due to drowning were recorded in the State.

That’s why the Fire Department started a campaign to prevent accidents in waterfalls, rivers, lakes and swimming pools at the beginning of 2024. According to Lieutenant Henrique Barcellos, just like January, February is also a month of alert regarding risk of drowning. In addition to the high temperatures, this year, for example, Carnival will also be in the second month of the year, increasing the risks of this type of accident.

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