April, 2024

At least 30 killed in flooding in Brazil

Rio Branco- AC- Brasil- 03/03/2015- Imagens de Rio Branco durante a cheia do Rio Acre Foto: Sérgio Vale/Secom

(Source: WAM)

BUENOS AIRES: At least 30 people have been killed and seven injured in flooding after record-breaking rainfall in southern Brazil, the German news agency, DPA, quoted the news portal G1 as reporting.

At least 17 were still missing late Saturday, the civil defence authority in the state of Minas Gerais said.

The Brazilian weather service Inmet said that in the past two days, the regional capital Belo Horizonte had seen the most intense rainfall recorded in more than 100 years. A total of 171.8 litres of rain per square metre fell within 24 hours.

Landslides forced more than 2,600 people in Belo Horizonte to leave their homes.

Associated Press reported that more rain is expected in Minas Gerais as well as other parts of Brazil, including Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo.

The announcement of the deaths came the same day as mourners elsewhere in Minas Gerais observed the first anniversary of a deadly mining dam collapse.

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