Hundreds homeless, 2 dead, after heavy rains in Rio
RIO DE JANEIRO (AFP) - Heavy rains triggered mudslides and flooding in Rio de Janeiro, leaving hundreds of people homeless and at least two dead, with more rainfall due to heighten the misery, officials said on Friday.
Several rivers in Rio state's northern region overflowed and turned into torrents, destroying a bridge and leaving entire neighbourhoods strewn with large tree limbs and other debris.
Ensuing landslides decimated shoddily-built homes, demolished streets and destroyed cars, many of them sinking head first into the muddy waters.
Under record temperatures exceeding 40 deg C, residents rushed to salvage their belongings from homes flattened by trees uprooted in the water and mudslides.