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Death toll in Brazil floods, landslide rises to 33
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Rio De Janeiro (AFP) Jan 11, 2012

A local resident wades through a flooded street in the Tres Vendas neighborhood in Campos, 300 km north of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on January 6, 2012. A dike burst in Brazil's flood-hit northern Rio de Janeiro state Thursday, forcing the evacuation of their nearly 4,000 residents, authorities said. Photo courtesy AFP.

Torrential rains lashing southeastern Brazil have killed at least 33 people, including five members of one family buried in a landslide, according to a new official death toll issued Wednesday.

The five relatives, including a pregnant woman, were trapped in their car when it was buried in mud on Monday in Rio de Janeiro state's northern Sapucaia municipality. Their bodies were found Wednesday, civil defense officials said.

That one landslide has now killed at least 18 people.

The heavy rains and ensuing flooding are mainly affecting the southeastern states of Rio de Janeiro, Espirito Santo and Minas Gerais, where thousands of people have been evacuated.

Only a year ago, floods and landslides left more than 1,300 people dead or missing in the mountainous region of Rio de Janeiro state.

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Death toll in Brazil floods, landslide rises to 28
Rio De Janeiro (AFP) Jan 10, 2012
Torrential rains lashing southeastern Brazil have killed at least 28 people, including 13 buried in a landslide, according to an updated official death toll released Tuesday. Five more bodies were found Tuesday under the rubble of collapsed buildings in Rio de Janeiro state's northern Sapucaia municipality, bringing to 13 the number fatalities from Monday's landslide. Colonel Sergio Simo ... read more

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