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Flooding displaces 50,000 in Brazil

 
 
 
 
 
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A man and a woman struggle to cross a flooded road in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, June 29, 2014.

An emergency agency in Brazil says severe flooding caused by torrential rain in the southern parts of the country has forced more than 50,000 people out of their homes.

The emergency agency for Santa Catarina State said 40,000 people had been evacuated, while in neighboring state, Rio Grande do Sul, 10,700 people had been forced out of their homes following floods caused by a week of heavy rains.

Images of the affected areas showed entire neighborhoods with houses submerged in floodwaters.

The floods have affected 37 cities in Santa Catarina and 59 towns in Rio Grande do Sul, officials said.

According to authorities, between June 23 and 27, Rio Grande do Sul received more than twice the average rainfall for the entire month.

Santa Catarina has seen heavy rains in recent weeks. On June 23, officials said the severe weather had caused an estimated 519 million reals (USD 233 million) in damage.

In addition, the southern Brazilian state of Parana has been affected by torrential rains this month, which caused the Iguazu River to break its banks. The flooding killed at least 13 people in the state and left thousands homeless.

The recent severe weather has also affected Brazil’s neighboring country Paraguay and Argentina.

In Paraguay, some 200,000 people have been forced out of their homes due to heavy rainfall in recent weeks. Meanwhile in Argentina, some 5,000 people were forced out of their homes earlier this month due to flooding in the city of Formosa located at the border to Paraguay.

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