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Floods: Silva cancels G20 trip

2010-06-25 22:11

Rio de Janeiro - Brazil's president has cancelled his trip to Canada for this weekend's Group of 20 summit because of massive floods that have hit his nation.

Foreign Minister Celso Amorim tells the state-run news agency Agencia Brasil President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva made the decision on Friday.

The day before, Silva flew over the flood-hit areas and said he was shocked by the destruction.

At least 51 people have died in the floods. Amorim says Silva wants to closely follow relief efforts.

Since the global financial crisis hit in 2008, Silva has become a voice of the developing world in demanding structural changes to the world's financial system, centring on more power for poorer nations in multilateral institutions.