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Rio de Janeiro’s Deadly Flooding Triggers State of Emergency
By Staff, AccuWeather
A state of emergency was declared in Rio de Janeiro after torrential downpours claimed the lives of at least 10 people between Monday and Tuesday.
Meanwhile, emergency personnel acted quickly to rescue people trapped in cars and on the streets.
Reuters reported that a woman and her 7-year-old granddaughter were buried in a mudslide as they rode in a taxi, and the driver’s body was also found inside the vehicle. Two adult sisters died when their home in a slum was buried in a mudslide, while a man drowned in another part of the city, the mayor’s office said in a statement.
More than 31cm of rain fell in some areas of the city within 24 hours, the mayor's office said.
Large parts of the city have been inundated, including Copacabana and the neighborhoods of Botafogo and Jardim Botanico. Major roads remain closed and impassable by flooding, fallen trees and broken pavement.
“These rains are absolutely abnormal for this time of year; none of us expected so much rain at this time,” Mayor Marcelo Crivella told an early morning news conference.
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