Brazil rains leave hundreds homeless
There were no reported casualties in the overnight downpours but rains
days caused another 10 deaths in addition to the 60 people who died in torrential
rains over the Christmas holiday in Rio de Janeiro state, local officials and media
reports said on Tuesday.
The New Year's downpours hit the historic town of Goias Velho, an old regional
capital of central Brazil known for its colonial architecture. The town was named
by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site last month.
A spokesman for the town's municipal government said the river flowed down
main street, flooding the center, including town hall. Several buildings, including the
town's main market building were destroyed, the spokesman said.
Local television showed images of powerful waters gushing through the
cobbled-stone streets in the town's scenic center.
In the neighboring central state of Minas Gerais, heavy rains raised the
of rivers in at least two regions, flooding hundreds of homes and threatening many
Torrential rains have hit many parts of Brazil in the last two weeks and
forecasters warn the rains could continue in January.
The worst rains came on December 23, sparking mudslides that crashed through
shanty towns on the outskirts of a mountain resort city near Rio de Janeiro.
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