Eight dead, one missing in rainstorms in Brazil's Sao Paulo

13:50, January 22, 2010      

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Eight people died in rainstorms which hit Brazil's Sao Paulo metro area Thursday, local authorities said.

Rescue teams have found the bodies of the victims, who were killed by mudslides in the town of Santo Andre and other locations. One person remains missing in Ribeirao Pires.

According to the Sao Paulo authorities, the number of deaths caused by heavy rainstorms in the state since last December has reached 58.

Thursday's storm caused severe damage in several parts of Sao Paulo. A total of 59 areas were flooded, including several highways across the city.

The Sao Paulo General Warehousing and Centers Company (Ceagesp), the largest food distribution center in Brazil, was flooded for the second time in two months.

Source: Xinhua
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