Mudslides and flooding kill 15 in Brazil

Published: Friday 11th March 2016 by The News Editor

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Mudslides and flooding caused by heavy downpours have killed at least 15 people including a four-year-old boy in low-income neighbourhoods in Sao Paulo state, Brazil.

Captain Marcos Palumbo of Sao Paulo Fire Department said mudslides destroyed several houses, killing nine people in the city of Francisco Morato and four in Maripora, where another eight people are reported missing.

Two people drowned when they were swept away in floodwaters, one in Guarulhos and the other in Cajamar.

The heavy rains that began on Thursday night shut down Sao Paulo’s International airport for six hours.

Images aired by television stations showed cars covered by water in Francisco Morato and Maripora as well as in parts of Sao Paulo city.

The rain also halted commuter train service for several hours.

Published: Friday 11th March 2016 by The News Editor

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