Heavy rain in southeast Brazil after cliff collapse kills 10 people in one day

About 17,000 people were displaced… Emergency alerts in at least 145 cities

A village in southeastern Brazil submerged by floods

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(São Paulo = Yonhap News) Correspondent Kim Jae-soon = Recently, in the southeastern part of Brazil where a cliff collapse accident occurred at a famous tourist destination, heavy rains have caused casualties.

According to Brazilian media on the 11th (local time), it has been confirmed that 10 people have been killed in the past 24 hours alone as torrential rains continue across the province of Minas Gerais.

Since October of last year, when the rainy season began, there have been 19 deaths from heavy rain so far, and the total death toll rises to 29 when the cliff collapse that occurred in the famous tourist destination Ragu Ji Purnas Gorge on the 8th is included.

At least 17,000 people have been displaced as homes have been flooded due to heavy rains and landslides, and emergency warnings have been issued in at least 145 cities.

In a city close to the state capital, Belo Horizonte, more than half of its residents are evacuating their homes.

Brazilian residents evacuate with household items from flood-affected areas
Brazilian residents evacuate with household items from flood-affected areas

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The meteorological authorities predicted that heavy rains would continue for the time being in four states in the Midwest and Southeast, including Minas Gerais, and the damage is expected to increase further.

Prior to this, in the northeastern province of Bahia, heavy rains continued for two months since November last year, resulting in nearly 30 deaths and tens of thousands of people displaced. Now that the torrential rain has subsided, restoration work is actively taking place.

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