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12 die as heavy rains cause flooding in Brazil’s biggest city

Published: March 12, 2019 11:57:35 | Updated: March 13, 2019 13:49:57


Men wait for the water level to drop in a flooded street after heavy rains in Vila Prudente neighbourhood in Sao Paulo, Brazil March 11, 2019 - REUTERS/Amanda Perobelli

Heavy rains deluged Brazil's biggest city, causing flooding and other damage that resulted in the deaths of at least 12 people, authorities said Monday. Six people were reported injured.

Sao Paulo's emergency centre said it rained in one day almost a third of all precipitation expected for the entire month of March. Several roads were blocked by mud and destroyed furniture in different parts of the city.

The Sao Paulo state fire department said four people died when a house collapsed in the city of Ribeirao Pires, on the outskirts of the megalopolis.

It also said two people drowned in flooding of the Tamanduatei River and another died in Sao Bernardo do Campo. Other victims died in the cities of Embu das Artes, Santo Andre and Sao Caetano.

Heavy rain began falling Sunday night and more was expected, reports the Associated Press.

Gov Joao Doria told Sao Paulo residents to stay home if they were in safe areas, but move as quickly as possible if they were not.

"Between losing the shack and life, choose life," Doria said on the BandNews television channel.

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