Source AP ©

Five days of torrential rains in Brazil bring victims

Torrential rains have left four people dead and driven thousands from their homes in Brazil.

Rivers overflowed and flooded 58 cities and towns across the far-southern state of Rio Grande do Sul, the state's Civil Defense Agency said in a statement. Seventeen communities declared a state of emergency.

The Folha news agency reported that four people died as a result of the rains, but the state did not confirm the deaths.

More than 4,000 people were evacuated, the Civil Defense statement said. Many residents initially refused to leave, fearing their abandoned houses would be looted, but were forced out by rising waters.

Comments
Russia sells arms to Asia to maintain peace in the world
The Amazon and the New Conquistadores
Putin's three days in Singapore mark Russia's major geopolitical changes since 2000
Castro sued over alleged torture
Macron challenges Trump. French independence and croissants at stake
Castro sued over alleged torture
Malaysia complains of faulty Russian Sukhoi Su-30 fighter jets
Castro sued over alleged torture
Castro sued over alleged torture
Putin dislikes the idea of US army bases coming to Kuril Islands
Castro sued over alleged torture
Putin's three days in Singapore mark Russia's major geopolitical changes since 2000
Putin's three days in Singapore mark Russia's major geopolitical changes since 2000
Russians lose faith in their future, get ready for worse
Macron challenges Trump. French independence and croissants at stake
Russia unveils nuclear-powered interstellar spaceship
Russia unveils nuclear-powered interstellar spaceship
Moving inexorably towards war
Russians lose faith in their future, get ready for worse
Sanctions do not stop foreign countries from buying Russia's S-400 systems
Sanctions do not stop foreign countries from buying Russia's S-400 systems