At Least 26 Dead as Rain Brings Flooding and Landslides to Brazil's Sao Paulo State

At least 26 people were confirmed to have died after heavy rain lashed coastal areas of Brazil’s Sao Paulo state, the regional government said on Sunday, February 19, causing flooding and landslides.

The government of Sao Paulo said 25 of the deaths were in Sao Sebastiao. Over 550 people were left displaced or homeless, the state government said.

Aerial footage livestreamed by Sao Sebastiao Mayor Felipe Augusto shows the flooding.

The National Civil Defense said 600 mm of rain fell in 24 hours in some areas.

Brazil’s President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was to visit the region on Monday and meet local leaders, local media reported. Credit: Felipe Augusto via Storyful