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At Least 2 Killed as Floods Swamp Homes in Southeast Brazil

At least two people died and more than 400 were displaced after a storm caused major floods in Angra dos Reis, a municipality in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro state, on December 8 and 9, according to officials and local media.

Municipal authorities said 250 millimeters (9.8 inches) of rain fell in less than 24 hours.

This footage showing floodwaters inundating homes was provided by Icarý Santana in Bracui, where, according to local reports, an elderly couple drowned. At one point in the footage, the recorder is seen wading in floodwater nearly up to his knees.

By Monday, at least 406 people were staying in shelters, including 18 elderly people removed from a flooded nursing home, officials said. Civil defense crews and other officials were continuing to clear roads and assist residents, they added.

All schools in Angra dos Reis were closed on Monday as the emergency response continued. Credit: Icarý Santana via Storyful