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Brazil. Floods in two states. The number of deaths is rising

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At least 27 people have died in floods and landslides in southeastern Brazil. Rescue operations are underway. In the state of Espirito Santo alone, seven thousand residents evacuated.

In the state of Espirito Santo, the death toll rose to 19, and at least eight people were killed in neighboring Rio de Janeiro, CNN Brasil reported on Monday, citing the Civil Defense of each state.

According to the station, six people remain missing and over seven thousand have been forced to flee their homes in Espirito Santo. Rescue operations are underway in both states.

President Luiz Lula da Silva took to social media on Saturday to express his condolences to the relatives of the flood victims. He assured that “the federal government is in constant contact with state authorities.”

“Devastated” city

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Heavy storms and downpours hit parts of Brazil late last week. In the city of Mimoso do Sul in Espirito Santo state, 231.8 liters of rain per square meter fell in 24 hours.

Houses were flooded and floodwaters carried away cars and a fire truck. As Leonardo Ferreira, coordinator of the municipal civil defense, said in an interview with local media, the city was actually “devastated”.

In the state of Rio de Janeiro, at least 75 landslides were reported in the city of Petropolis. On Saturday evening, rescue teams found a four-year-old child in the rubble of a house destroyed by a mudslide.

This is not the end of the downpours

The threat of heavy rainfall continues. More downpours are expected on Tuesday morning local time. Forecasters predict that 50 liters of water may fall per square meter.

In central Brazil, there is a greater risk of heavy rainfall in the middle of the week. Rainfall of up to 100 l/sq m is possible during the day.

Landslides after heavy rain in BrazilPAP/EPA/Antonio Lacerda

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