Piedade beach, in the metropolitan region of Recife, in northeastern Brazil, disturbed two shark attacks on people in the last 24 hours, authorities reported Monday.

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The most recent attack occurred this Monday when a young woman was bitten in various parts of her body by a shark and, according to the Recife Restoration Hospital, part of one of his arms was amputated.

The attack occurred less than 500 meters from the one who appeared on Sunday, when a 14-year-old boy was bitten and his leg also had to be amputated, in an event that also occurred on Piedade beach, located in the municipality of Jaboatão two Guararapes.

With these two attacks, the number of people injured by shark bites in the Recife metropolitan region in the last two weeks rises to three.

The first attack occurred on February 20, in the neighboring municipality of Olinda, when a shark attacked a surfer, who survived the animal’s bites.

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The Regional Committee for Monitoring Shark Incidents (CEMIT, for its acronym in Portuguese) told EFE that specialists from the entity are «analyzing» the two cases and the «short interval» that the recent attacks had.

The agency said that 36 kilometers of beaches located between the municipalities of Olinda and Jaboatão dos Guararapes, passing through Recife, the regional capital, were declared in a «critical situation» and at «risk of new attacks.»

The governor of Pernambuco, Raquel Lyra, visited on Monday the three survivors of the attacks, who are hospitalized in the same reference hospital, and announced measures to «intensify actions», beginning with the resumption of scientific investigations, suspended since 2015.

Despite the warning of danger of shark attacks at 150 points in the Recife metropolitan area, people fit in by visiting the places and many enter the sea in defiance of the warnings.

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In total, the state of Pernambuco – of which Recife is its capital – has recorded 77 shark attacks since 1992, 10 of them in the Fernando de Noronha archipelago, located some 550 kilometers from the mainland coast.


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