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Brazil Under Water Posted by on Nov 25, 2008 in Brazilian News

Over the past two weeks, southern Brazil has been hit with serious rainstorms, causing the most damage in Santa Catarina state. Last week, rainstorms in Rio de Janeiro caused flooding and chaos on the roadways. But the most serious problem is in the interior of Santa Catarina, where around 60 people have died in floods and landslides. Over 43,000 were forced to leave their homes, and are now living with relatives and in public shelters. About 160,000 people throughout the state are without electricity.

The worst hit city is Blumenau, a low-lying town founded by German immigrants that has suffered from floods in the past. The death toll was highest there, after thirteen people died in landslides. The city’s mayor João Paulo Kleinübing declared a state of emergency and has requested medicine and food for the area’s public shelters. Roads and highways crumbled, and gas pipelines from Bolivia were temporarily shut off.

For more images of the flood from Globo, click here.

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