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


Several people, including several children, have been killed after days of heavy rains that triggered floods and landslides in Rio de Janeiro state in southeastern Brazil, officials told Reuters on Saturday. affiliate CNN Brazil.

A landslide in the town of Paraty has killed at least eight people – a father and seven of his children – aged 2 to 17, city officials told the affiliate. A seventh child was rescued and taken to hospital.

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.

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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