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14 Jan 2011 description

Office of the Resident Coordinator

17:00 hours (Brazil time)

Situation

1. Since the last days of 2010, the Southeast and part of the Center-West regions of Brazil have suffered from heavy storms, floods and mudslides. The first state strongly hit by the storm systems was Espírito Santo (29 December 2010), followed by Minas Gerais, S=E3o Paulo, Goiás and Rio de Janeiro.

2. In the state of Rio de Janeiro the tragedy caused far more losses and damages, and is now considered the country's worst natural catastrophy in decades, with over 500 dead confirmed until this moment.