Floods affect about 31,000 in Brazil

Floods in southern and southeastern Brazil have forced about 31,000 people to leave their homes, authorities said Monday.

Civil defense officials said more than 14,000 people have been affected in Santa Catarina state, while about 10,000 have left flooded homes in neighboring Parana state.

The Parana state civil defense department said in a statement that three people died on landslides triggered by the rains. One person remained missing.

Officials in Santa Catarina said a 25-year-old man died when the car he was driving fell into a river after being dragged by a flash flood.

Heavy rain has been hitting the southern region since Thursday, and it has also caused problems in the southeast state of Espirito Santo, where more than 6,000 people have been driven from their homes.