Heavy seasonal rainfall started to affect parts of eastern Brazil on 7 Dec 2013, causing floods and landslides.
By 16 Dec, 15 people had been killed in the southeastern states of Río de Janeiro and Bahía (OCHA, 16 Dec 2013).
By 23 Dec, an emergency had been declared in the southeastern State of Espíritu Santo due to flooding and landslides. The army mobilized humanitarian assistance in the form of blankets, cushions and food stuffs to the most affected areas. (OCHA, 23 Dec 2013) Some 45 people have died due to floods affecting primarily the states of Espirito Santo and Minas Gerais, according to statistics from the states civil defenses. (OCHA, 30 Dec 2013)