UnB (University of Brasília) recorded “significant damage” to its Institute of Physics and flooding of other units after heavy rains that hit the Federal District on Friday night (9).
The storm flooded part of Asa Norte, where the university units are located, blocking streets and leaving cars submerged.
According to a statement released by the university’s rector, Márcia Abrahão, there was flooding in part of the basement of the Central Science Institute and the auditorium of the Department of Forestry Engineering.
The dean says that the Institute of Physics was the unit most affected, with damage to equipment, documents, books and furniture.
Since the rains, the institute’s management, teachers, technicians and students have been trying to recover as much of the equipment as possible.
“It is important to highlight that, in response to a similar event that occurred in 2019, despite serious budgetary difficulties, the University of Brasília carried out containment works covering all units located underground at the ICC [Instituto de Ciências Central]a building over 50 years old”, says the note signed by the rector.
“The Higher Administration expresses its regret for the losses recorded. We are closely monitoring the situation at the Institute and other affected areas, providing support to mitigate the impacts as quickly and permanently as possible”, he adds.