Friday, May 8, 2009

Brazil flood death toll rises Brazilian authorities say at least 33 people have been killed and 214,000 driven from their homes during flooding caused by heavy rains over the last two months. Rainfall continued across large parts of the north of the country on Thursday, and meteorologists predicted the bad weather could last for weeks.

"We don't know yet, but this could end up being the worst flooding ever in the region," said Joaquim Godim, a specialist with Brazil's National Water Agency. "It certainly is among the worst ever." Unusually heavy rains have fallen on an area stretching across parts of 10 of Brazil's 26 states, from the normally wet jungle to coastal states known for lengthy droughts.

The Brazilian military has evacuated thousands of people in the hardest-hit state of Maranhao. In the northeastern state of Piaui, heavy rains continued to cause the Poty river to rise, flooding many parts of Teresina, the capital. And in the interior region of Barras, entire communities have been left isolated and hundreds of thousands remained trapped in their homes….

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