People work on the wreckage of a house that collapsed during a landslide caused by heavy rains in Recife, Brazil. Reuters
Landslides caused by heavy rains killed at least 29 people in the state of Pernambuco in northeast Brazil on Saturday, authorities said. In Alagoas, another state in the region, two people died when they were swept away in river flooding on Friday.
More than 1,000 people have been forced to leave their homes because of the flooding in Pernambuco, civil defense officials said.
An aerial view shows landslides caused by heavy rains at Jardim Monte Verde in Recife, Brazil, Saturday. Reuters
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."
With 35 people still reported missing, fears that the death toll could climb further sent firefighters and volunteers scrambling through the remains of houses washed away in torrents of mud, many of them in impoverished hillside slums.
Torrential rains in northeastern Brazil have left dozens missing, civil defence officials said on Sunday, as rescuers capitalised on a lull in downpours to search for survivors.
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