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Landslides and floods kill at least 31 in northeast Brazil


People work on the wreckage of a house that collapsed during a landslide caused by heavy rains in Recife, Brazil. Reuters

Landslides caused by heavy rains killed at least 29 people in the state of Pernambuco in northeast Brazil on Saturday, authorities said. In Alagoas, another state in the region, two people died when they were swept away in river flooding on Friday.


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More than 1,000 people have been forced to leave their homes because of the flooding in Pernambuco, civil defense officials said.

An aerial view shows landslides caused by heavy rains at Jardim Monte Verde in Recife, Brazil, Saturday. Reuters

The executive secretary of the civil defense agency in Pernambuco, Lt. Col. Leonardo Rodrigues, said in a video posted on Instagram that about 32,000 families live in areas at risk of landslides or flooding in the state.

Schools in the city of Recife have been opened to receive the homeless.

In Alagoas, the state government said 33 municipalities have declared an emergency due to the effects of the heavy rains in the past several days.

President Jair Bolsonaro said on Twitter that teams from the Ministry of Regional Development and the Armed Forces will be sent to the state and also to Alagoas for "relief and humanitarian assistance."

Associated Press


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