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Published Thursday, February 7, 2019
Torrential rains causing floods and landslides has killed at least 95 people in the Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro.
Most victims died in more than 180 mudslides, authorities said. A spokesman for Rio's fire service said at least 40 injured people were taken to hospitals as the search went on for others reported missing.
"The situation is critical. Roads are flooded and blocked," Mayor Eduardo Paes said. "We recommend people stay at home."
Paes told reporters at least 26 people had died in the Rio metropolitan area. The fire service said a total of 95 people were killed across the state.
The downpour, which began late on Monday, is the worst the city of Rio has recorded in 30 years, authorities said.
Flights in and out of the city were either canceled or seriously delayed, according to the aviation authority Infraero, while transport and commerce in Brazil's second city was shut down.
On Copacabana beach, residents waded through ankle-deep water on their way to work but many employees got stuck in traffic and returned home.
The southern hemisphere summer has been particularly hot and rainy in Rio de Janeiro this year.
In January dozens of people were killed by a landslide in a plush beach resort halfway between Rio de Janeiro and the port city of Santos.
Meteorologists forecast more rain in the coming days, raising fears of more mudslides as rain-drenched soil becomes heavy.
Brazil Storm Facts
Affected Area: 100 km.
Alert Level: Green