Heavy rains drive tens of thou­sands from Brazil homes

Cape Breton Post - - World -

SAO PAULO — Heavy rains and flood­ing have driven tens of thou­sands of Brazil­ians from their homes in the coun­try’s north­east and caused at least six deaths, author­i­ties said Mon­day.

The state of Per­nam­buco has de­clared a state of emer­gency in 14 cities af­fected by heavy rains in re­cent days. More than 40,000 peo­ple have fled their homes, some of which have been de­stroyed, as flood waters rose waist-high in some places. Two peo­ple have died, state of­fi­cials said.

In the neigh­bour­ing state of Alagoas, more than 2,000 fam­i­lies have been forced from their homes and four peo­ple have died, author­i­ties said. Brazil’s De­fence Min­istry has sent 100 mil­i­tary per­son­nel and 10 ve­hi­cles to Alagoas and two he­li­copters to Per­nam­buco to help peo­ple stranded by flood­wa­ters.

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