Photo: Brazil Storms Kills 10, Brazil
At least 10 people died in the powerful storm that deluged the hilly portion of the southeastern Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro, authorities said Monday.
Among the victims are two first responders in the city of Petropolis who were buried by a landslide as they were trying to help people affected by the rains.
The other reported victims were in homes that were buried by other landslides in different parts of Petropolis, a municipality about 70 kilometers (43 miles) from the city of Rio de Janeiro and one of the region’s main urban centers.
Authorities fear that the death toll could rise because additional landslides have been occurring in Petropolis as well as in nearby cities like Duque de Caxias and Xerem.
In the city of Rio de Janeiro, a low pressure area bringing rain and heavy winds on Sunday night paralyzed the city and left several neighborhoods without electric power.
In addition, at least 12 rivers overflowed in Rio de Janeiro state and the rains caused landslides that covered several regional highways.
More rain fell in Petropolis in a 24-hour period than what had been expected for the entire month of March, the state government said.
Petropolis and nearby Teresopolis and Nova Friburgo were the cities that were most heavily affected by the rains that in early 2011 left about 1,000 people dead in what was considered the worst natural disaster ever to strike Brazil.