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Landslides kill 31 in Brazil

BRASILIA: Landslides caused by heavy rains killed at least 31 people in northeast Brazil on Saturday, reports AP.

Authorities said 29 people have been died in Pernambuco state while two people died when they were swept away in river flooding in Alagoas on Friday.

More than 1,000 people have been forced to leave their homes because of the flooding in Pernambuco, civil defense officials said.

The executive secretary of the civil defense agency in Pernambuco, Lt. Col. Leonardo Rodrigues, said in a video posted on Instagram that about 32,000 families live in areas at risk of landslides or flooding in the state. Schools in the city of Recife have been opened to receive the homeless.

In Alagoas, the state government said 33 municipalities have declared an emergency due to the effects of the heavy rains in the past several days. President Jair Bolsonaro said on Twitter that teams from the Ministry of Regional Development and the Armed Forces will be sent to the state and also to Alagoas for “relief and humanitarian assistance.”