Heavy rain has hit Santa Catarina state
in southern Brazil since Friday, forcing 1,052 people to leave their homes
and five towns to declare a state of emergency, officials said on Monday.
There were no reports of casualties,
reported Xinhua .
Marcio Luiz Alves, Santa Catarina's civil
defense director, said the number of towns to declare a state of emergency
is likely to increase, as 18 have already reported incidents caused by
Alves said the municipalities of Nova
Veneza and Ararangua were the most affected, and the level of the Ararangua