03/20/2013 02:44 GMT
RIO DE JANEIRO, March 20, 2013 (AFP) - At least 27 people were killed by landslides caused by heavy rains in a mountainous area of the Brazilian sate of Rio de Janeiro, authorities said Tuesday.
The heavy downpour also forced 1,466 people to leave their homes or left them homeless. The deluge began late Sunday in and around Petropolis, located 68 kilometers (42 miles) north of Rio de Janeiro, officials said.
The bodies of two boys and a girl who had been unaccounted for were found Tuesday in a stream, firefighters said.