In southeastern Brazil, 14 people were killed in mudslides caused by torrential rains. The victims were in Baixada Fulmenez, Rio de Janeiro state.
The state has been plagued by severe weather for weeks, accompanied by floods and landslides. About 240 people were killed in February north of Rio de Janeiro.
This time it has been raining since Thursday, which again led to a lot of noise and mudslides. Rescue workers have been called more than 850 times in the past 24 hours and 144 people have been rescued.
322 mm of rain per day
Rainfall records have been broken in several places. In the tourist area of Paraty, for example, 322 mm of rain fell in one day, as much as the average fell in six months. Seven of the 14 confirmed deaths have been reported in the city, according to Mayor Vidal. Other local authorities are reporting eight deaths.
“We have more than 70 families who have become homeless. We provide them with shelter and reserve homes for these people,” the mayor told Reuters news agency. More rain is expected in the coming days, and therefore a state of emergency has been declared.
In the neighboring Angra dos Reis region, six people were killed in the storm, including a four-year-old girl and a teenager. There are at least nine people missing.
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