52 killed in Brazil flooding


Severe flooding has left a total of 52 people dead in southeast Brazil’s Minas Gerais state, the state civil defense agency said Tuesday, report agencies.

One person remains missing, 65 have been injured, 28,893 displaced and 4,397 left homeless, the agency said in a statement. Since torrential rains began lashing the region on Friday, authorities have declared a state of emergency in 101 towns, several of which have been totally devastated by floods. 

Brazil’s federal government on Sunday pledged 90 million reals (21.4 million U.S. dollars) for the reconstruction effort in Minas Gerais. In the state capital Belo Horizonte, floods, mudslides and collapsed buildings have claimed 13 lives since Friday.