13 dead after heavy rains in Brazil

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
January 11, 2011 22:13

SAO PAULO — Brazilian authorities say heavy rains have triggered mudslides and floods in southeastern Brazil, killing at least 13 people.

Sao Paulo state civil defense officials say 11 people died when their houses collapsed because of mudslides and two were killed in flash floods.

Heavy rains have been pummeling the region and at least 12 landslides were reported across the state.

Sao Paulo nearly came to halt on Tuesday as flooding blocked traffic in some of the city's main thoroughfares.

Brazil has been severely affected by the rains this year and authorities say the number of people left homeless by flooding has surpassed 100,000 in four southeastern states. More than 30 deaths have been reported.


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