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Mudslides in Brazil claims 14 lives


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The southeast of Brazil has been ravaged by severe weather for weeks. Fourteen people have died in mudslides caused by heavy rains, authorities said. It would concern eight children, a mother, and five people who are still missing.

The fourteen victims were in the Baixada Fluminense region, in the state of Rio de Janeiro. A mother and six of her children were also killed. Only one of the children could be saved, Reuters news agency reported. The weather has been restless for a long time, accompanied by flooding and landslides. As a result, about 240 people were killed in February.

It has been raining in southeastern Brazil since Thursday. This causes a lot of nuisance and violent mudslides. Never before has so much precipitation been measured in various places. In Paraty, 322 millimeters of rain fell in one day. In comparison: normally there is so much rain in half a year.

Luciano Vidal, the mayor of Paraty, tells Reuters that 70 families have become homeless. Rain is expected to continue for the next few days, so the mayor has declared a state of emergency.

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