Rio de Janeiro:
Torrential rains triggered flash floods and landslides throughout Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro state, killing a minimum of eight folks together with six kids and leaving 13 lacking, authorities stated Saturday.
The storms battered a broad swathe of the southeastern state’s Atlantic coast and precipitated a number of landslides, together with one within the colonial vacationer city of Paraty that killed a mom and 5 of her kids, officers there stated.
Two extra victims have been killed within the cities of Mesquita and Angra dos Reis, the place one other 13 folks stay lacking, stated Congressman Marcelo Freixo, who represents the state.
In Angra, the sufferer was a four-year-old woman buried in a landslide, whereas in Mesquita, 40 kilometers (25 miles) northwest of Rio de Janeiro metropolis, a 38-year-old man was electrocuted attempting to assist one other particular person escape the flooding, media stories stated.
Rio state has been battered by two days of heavy rain, together with fierce storms Friday evening that turned streets into rivers in a number of cities, sweeping up automobiles of their path and triggering landslides — a frequent tragedy within the wet season, particularly in poor hillside communities.
Officials in Angra stated town had obtained 655 millimeters (26 inches) of rain in 48 hours, “levels never before registered in the municipality.”
The storms come six weeks after flash floods and landslides killed 233 folks in Petropolis, additionally in Rio de Janeiro state.
Brazil has been swept by a collection of lethal storms in latest months that specialists say are being aggravated by local weather change.
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