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Brazil floods kill nine

Published on Jun 10, 2014 6:51 AM
Goalposts stand in a soccer field flooded by the waters of the Paraguay River in Asuncion on May 30, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

RIO DE JANEIRO (AFP) - Flooding caused by torrential rains over the weekend has killed at least nine people and left three missing in southern Brazil, officials said on Monday, declaring an emergency in 77 towns.

The flood-hit areas include the state of Parana, whose capital, Curitiba, is one of the 12 host cities for the World Cup, which opens on Thursday. 

The worst-affected areas however are located around 300 kilometres from Curitiba.

More than 55,000 people’s homes were flooded in the 77 towns where Parana Governor Beto Richa declared a state of emergency.

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