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Flooding in SP and RJ Posted by on Jan 6, 2010 in Brazilian News

This week, there was terrible flooding from heavy rains in both São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, which caused mudslides in several areas.

In Angra dos Reis and Ilha Grande, in the state of Rio, fifty people were killed by mudslides. On Ilha Grande, a mudslide destroyed an entire pousada and killed around a dozen people vacationing together in a rental home. There were other deaths reported throughout the state.

In São Luís do Paraitinga, in São Paulo, the town was devastated by flooding, and the town’s historic church collapsed. Many houses were also destroyed. Authorities estimate R$100 million will be required to rebuild the destroyed parts of the city, and as a result, Carnival was canceled in order to begin reconstruction.

Click here to read more and see photos of the destruction in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. If you’re interested in helping flood victims, click here.

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