Event Report

Event Description

Complex Emergency in Brazil on Friday, 04 January, 2013 at 05:42 (05:42 AM) UTC.

Hard rains in Brazil are creating a state of alert in Rio de Janeiro and in nearby spots where flood-triggered mudslides have killed hundreds in recent years. Nearly 8.5 inches (215 millimeters) of rain fell in just 24 hours in hard-hit poor areas just north of Rio. Authorities attribute one death so far to the torrents. Heavy rains also have a mountainous area farther north of Rio on alert. It's an area where a storm killed nearly 1,000 people two years ago this month, as mountains of mud washed over towns. Authorities are also closely watching Thursday heavy rains in a coastal area about 90 miles (150 kilometres) west of Rio, in the Angra dos Reis area popular with tourists during the South American summer.

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