Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, rains: several people killed, including children

Rain showers began on Thursday, leading to deadly landslides in the area. The volume of rain recorded in the past 48 hours was the highest ever recorded in Angra dos Reis, according to the city’s municipal government.

Officials told the CNN Brazil affiliate on Saturday that a landslide in the town of Paraty killed at least eight people – a father and seven of his children – ages 2 to 17. A seventh child was rescued and taken to hospital, city officials said. the affiliate.

At least four other people were injured – none seriously – after seven homes were hit by landslides in the coastal community of Ponta Negra, Paraty officials said. More than 22 neighborhoods were flooded and 71 families were displaced.

In the municipality of Mesquita, a 38-year-old man was electrocuted to death after three days of heavy rain, CNN Brazil reported.

In the town of Angra dos Reis, a 4-year-old girl and a teenager were killed and at least nine people are missing, the branch reported, citing civil defense and fire officials. Five people were rescued.

Rio de Janeiro state firefighters and civil protection authorities are deployed to affected cities to help rescue people. The Civil Defense does not have an estimate of the number of people missing to date.

Brazil’s Interior Development Ministry said Colonel Alexandre Lucas, national secretary of defense and civil protection, was visiting the worst-hit regions on Saturday.

In early February, at least 24 people were killed and more than 1,500 displaced after São Paulo state was hit by heavy rains for days, causing flooding and landslides.


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