Heavy rains kill 5 in Brazil

2012-04-08 15:25
Sao Paulo - Civil defence officials say mudslides triggered by heavy rains have killed at least five people and injured another 15 in south-eastern Brazil.

The Civil Defence Department of the city of Teresopolis said a daylong downpour in the mountains north of Rio de Janeiro caused 20 mudslides that forced more than 300 people to leave their homes on Friday.

They found temporary shelter in the homes of relatives and in schools and sports gymnasiums.

In 2011, more than 900 people were killed in floods and mudslides that punished Teresopolis and two neighbouring cities. About 14 000 people were driven from their homes.

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