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Massive floods claim 15 lives in Brazil

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Latest update : 2008-04-06

Steady rain for two weeks has triggered massive floods in northern Brazil killing at least 15 people and forcing thousands to abandon their homes.

Steady downpours for two weeks have triggered massive floods in northern Brazil killing at least 15 people and forcing 50,000 to abandon their homes, Civil Defense officials said Saturday.
   
Paraiba state is taking the brunt of the floods, with 15,000 people evacuated and 15 bodies found so far on the margins of the swollen Paraiba River.
   
In nearby Piaui state, 19,000 people have been evacuated and 30 communities have been cut off by floodwaters. Another 8,000 people were evacuated in Maranho state and 4,000 more in Pernambuco and Ceara.
   
The federal government has released 280 million dollars in emergency funds to help the affected communities.

Date created : 2008-04-06

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