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At least 31 dead, 50,000 homeless in Brazil flooding

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Rain-induced flooding over large parts of Brazil have killed at least 31 people and left another 500,000 homeless, the government's civil defense agency said Thursday, CNN reported.

About 270 towns and communities in 10 states have been flooded by swollen rivers. About one-third of the deaths have occurred in Ceara state in the northeastern part of the country, officials said.

The remaining deaths have occurred in four other states.

Food, supplies and other aid sent by the government can only reach some communities by helicopter because roads are flooded.

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15 killed, 180,000 homeless in Brazil floods

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Recent floods and mudslides in northern Brazil have killed at least 15 people and left 180,000 homeless, the country's National Civil Defense said on Tuesday, Xinhua reported.

About 70,000 of the homeless are currently residing in public shelters. Heavy rains has already affected more than 190 cities in seven states, according to the Civil Defense. In some regions, heavy rains have caused collapse of dams.

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva visited the most affected states of Piaui and Maranhao on Tuesday.

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Heavy rain hits southern Brazil

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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 the rain.

Alves said the municipalities of Nova Veneza and Ararangua were the most affected, and the level of the Ararangua