At least 28 dead from heavy rainfall

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At least 28 people have been killed in “the last 24 hours” in northeastern Brazil due to heavy rains that hit the Recife region, the capital of the state of Pernabuco, as announced by the authorities on Saturday.

“In the last 24 hours, 28 deaths have been recorded,” the Civil Protection of Brazil said in a statement.

The deadliest accident occurred in the early hours of Saturday, when 19 people died in a “big landslide” in the area of ​​Zardim Monteverde. Six other people were killed in a landslide in the Kamaraibe area. Two deaths were reported in Recife and another in Zambotao dos Guararapes.

A total of 33 people have been killed in Pernabuco state since storms began to hit the area on Tuesday night. “Another five deaths were recorded during the storm on Tuesday,” the Civil Protection said in a statement.

Torrential rains forced nearly 1,000 residents to flee their homes due to floods and landslides.

Videos posted on social media show flooded roads, collapsed houses and landslides.

According to meteorologists, the rains are expected to continue for the next 24 hours in the state of Pernabuco.

Last year, hundreds of Brazilians lost their lives in floods and landslides caused by heavy rains.

Source: ΑΠΕ-ΜΠΕ

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