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Brazil: 37 killed in flooding and landslides after two days of torrential rain

At least 37 people have died after two days of heavy rain caused flooding and landslides in southeast Brazil.

Twenty five people are said to be missing in the state of Minas Gerais, and 2,600 have been evacuated from their homes.

Photos show people, including children, swimming through some of the flooded streets.

More rain is expected in the state, as well as other parts of Brazil, including Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo.

Image: Around 2,600 people have been evacuated from their homes

The governor of Minas Gerais, Romeu Zema, will fly over the affected areas on Sunday to evaluate the damage.


The announcement of the deaths comes the same day as mourners elsewhere in Minas Gerais observe the first anniversary of a mining dam collapse that killed at least 250 people.

The state capital, Belo Horizonte, recorded 171 millimetres (6.7 inches) in one 24-hour period from Thursday to Friday, the highest rainfall in 110 years.

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A state of emergency has been declared in 47 cities, a measure meant to facilitate federal disaster aid.

Three days of official mourning for those killed in the floods and landslides has also been announced.


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