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Rio de Janeiro on maximum alert as towns flood

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06 Jan 2012 01:26

  • North, northeast Rio on maximum alert for flood risk

  • Local media report 9 dead after heavy rain in two states

By Rodrigo Viga Gaier

RIO DE JANEIRO, Jan 5 (Reuters) - Brazil's Rio de Janeiro state placed emergency teams on maximum alert on Thursday as heavy rains that have displaced 35,000 residents were forecast to continue, reviving fears of mudslides and flooding that killed about 900 people last year.

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