Watch: Brazil firefighters rescue people trapped by floods

At least 21 people have died in southern Brazil due to a fierce storm that caused floods in several cities, authorities said Tuesday.

Rio Grande do Sul Governor Eduardo Leite, said the death toll was the state's highest due to a climate event.

Brazilian TV footage showed the city of Taquari under a huge amount of water after the river of the same name burst its banks. Leite said about 60 cities had been battered by the storm, which was classified as an extratropical cyclone.