Army helps flood victims in Brazil

2013-12-27 09:34
Aerial view of Santa Leopoldina municipality, flooded after heavy rains, in Espirito Santo state, Brazil. (File, AP)

Aerial view of Santa Leopoldina municipality, flooded after heavy rains, in Espirito Santo state, Brazil. (File, AP)

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Sao Paulo - Army troops have been deployed in Espirito Santo state to help with the distribution of food, water and medicine to victims of the floods and mudslides that have punished southeastern Brazil for more than 10 days.

The G1 news portal cites an army major as saying that 170 troops arrived on Thursday morning.

Army engineers are expected to arrive later in the day to help repair highways, roads and bridges damaged by the floods.

Calls to the Army for details went unanswered.

Espirito Santo's civil defence department says 21 people died in mudslides or floodwaters and close to 50 000 people were forced from their homes.

In neighbouring Minas Gerais state, floods and mudslides have killed 18 people and about 4 000 people were forced to leave their homes.

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