Monday, March 14, 2011

Wicked world weather onslaught continues: Thousands left homeless by Brazil rains

Two people died and more than 8,000 others were left homeless in southern Brazil as heavy rains pelted the area since Friday, the state-run Agencia Brasil news agency reported Monday, citing civil defense officials.

The two fatalities were buried in a mudslide caused by the rain in Parana state.

More than 21,000 people were affected by the rains, and at least 8,090 people were left homeless, civil defense officials said. There were more than 6,500 homes destroyed by the weather, the agency said.

Mudslides blocked some major highways in the state, but authorities managed to clear some by Sunday night, Agencia Brasil reported. (read more)