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Rains put Rio de Janeiro on alert, fears of deadly mudslides


Staff writers
January 3, 2013 — 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.


Hard rains in Brazil are creating a state of alert in Rio de Janeiro and in nearby spots (File Photo)
Hard rains in Brazil are creating a state of alert in Rio de Janeiro and in nearby spots (File Photo)

Nearly 215 mm 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 150 km west of Rio, in the Angra dos Reis area popular with tourists during the South American summer.


With files from The Associated Press

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