Brazil Flooding and Landslides Kill At Least 30 People After Record Rainfall

January 26, 2020

More than two dozen people have been killed by flooding and landslides in Brazil after record-breaking rainfall hit the southeastern part of the country.

At least 30 people are dead and 17 more are missing in Minas Gerais state, according to the Associated Press.

Locals work to clean up mud and debris around houses destroyed by a landslide after heavy rains in Vila Ideal neighborhood, Ibirite municipality, Minas Gerais state, Brazil, Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020.
(AP Photo/Alexandre Mota-Futura Press)

Minas Gerais is an inland state located to the north of Rio De Janeiro and São Paulo.

Its capital city Belo Horizonte reported 6.80 inches of rain (172.6 mm) in a 24-hour period on Friday. That's the heaviest 24-hour rainfall total in the city's 110-years of weather records, the AFP reported Brazil's National Institute of Meteorology said.

Brazilian authorities told the AP that 2,600 people have been evacuated from their homes.

The flooding hit Minas Gerais on the one-year anniversary of a dam collapse which killed hundreds in the state.

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