Torrential rains kill 14 in Brazil

RIO DE JANEIRO – Torrential downpours triggered flash floods and landslides across Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro state, killing at least 14 people including eight children, and leaving five missing, authorities said Saturday. Two days of heavy rain have battered a broad swathe of the southeastern state’s Atlantic coast, the latest in a series of deadly storms in Brazil that experts say are being aggravated by climate change.  More rain is forecast for the region in the coming days. The victims included a mother and six of her children, who were buried when a landslide swept away their home, officials said. President Jair Bolsonaro said on Facebook the federal government had sent military aircraft to help the rescue effort and dispatched national disaster response secretary Alexandre Lucas to the state of 17.5 million people.

 

 

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