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Floods kill 6 people in southern Brazil
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15:05, January 30, 2009

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Flooding in Brazil's southern Rio Grande do Sul state has left at least six people dead, several others missing and about 3,700 people affected since late Wednesday, local Civil Defense said Thursday.

The flood carried away a bridge over the Fragata River in the town of Capao do Leao, swallowing two cars, a motorbike and a truck on the bridge at the time.

One person was found alive and two bodies were recovered, but the total number of casualties was still unknown.

Meanwhile, a 16-month-old boy died after he accidentally fell into water from a rescue boat.

Another man was drown as he fell into water while trying to climb onto a house roof.

Flooding is very common in Brazil's summer season. In late November, 135 people died and over 78,000 were left homeless as huge floods hit Brazil's southern state of Santa Catarina.

Source: Xinhua

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