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Heavy Rains Leave Hundreds Dead in Southeast Brazil
Heavy rains and surging water from Rio de Janeiro to nearby municipalities proved to be too much  for the brick houses and wooden shacks built on hillsides.
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People stand on the porch of their home at the edge of landslide damage in the Caleme neighborhood in Teresopolis, Brazil, Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

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People walk next to debris and a damaged car after landslides in the Caleme neighborhood in Teresopolis, Brazil.

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Maria Carlota, 37, poses for pictures at the entrance of her flooded house at Vila Itaim neighborhood in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Brazilian authorities say heavy rains have triggered mudslides and floods in southeastern Brazil, killing at least 13 people. Sao Paulo state civil defense officials say 11 people died when their houses collapsed because of mudslides and two were killed in flash floods.

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Cars sit in debris in a flooded street in Teresopolis, Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil. Torrential summer rains tore through Rio de Janeiro state mountains, killing at least 140 people in 24 hours, Brazilian officials said Wednesday. 

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Rescue workers search for survivors in collapsed homes destroyed by flooding in the Nova Friburgo municipality of Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil. Torrential summer rains tore through Rio de Janeiro state mountains, killing at least 140 people in 24 hours, Brazilian officials said Wednesday. 

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People stand by the bodies of mudslide victims after heavy rain in the neighborhood of Caleme in Teresopolis, Brazil. Authorities in Rio de Janeiro say 58 people have died in the mudslides and flash floods that followed torrential rain overnight. The mayor of the mountain town of Teresopolis just north of Rio said in a statement Wednesday that 48 people died, and more than 1,000 have been left homeless. 

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In this photo released by Rio de Janeiro's government, is seen an aerial view of a mudslide in Teresopolis, Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil. Torrential summer rains tore through Rio de Janeiro states mountains, killing at least 140 people in 24 hours, Brazilian officials said Wednesday. 

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People walk on a flooded street at Vila Itaim neighborhood in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Brazilian authorities say heavy rains have triggered mudslides and floods in southeastern Brazil, killing at least 13 people. Sao Paulo state civil defense officials say 11 people died when their houses collapsed because of mudslides and two were killed in flash floods.

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Residents, one carrying a girl on his shoulders, walk on a flooded street at Vila Itaim neighborhood in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Brazilian authorities say heavy rains have triggered mudslides and floods in southeastern Brazil, killing at least 13 people. Sao Paulo state civil defense officials say 11 people died when their houses collapsed because of mudslides and two were killed in flash floods. 

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Vehicles sit a flooded avenue after heavy rains in Sao Paulo, Brazil, early. Brazilian authorities say heavy rains have triggered mudslides and floods in southeastern Brazil, killing at least 13 people. Sao Paulo state civil defense officials say 11 people died when their houses collapsed because of mudslides and two were killed in flash floods. 

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A man walks through a flooded street after heavy rains in Barra Funda, Sao Paulo, Brazil, early. Brazilian authorities say heavy rains have triggered mudslides and floods in southeastern Brazil, killing at least 13 people. Sao Paulo state civil defense officials say 11 people died when their houses collapsed because of mudslides and two were killed in flash floods. 

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Residents stand at the entrance of a house on a flooded street at Vila Itaim neighborhood in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Brazilian authorities say heavy rains have triggered mudslides and floods in southeastern Brazil, killing at least 13 people. Sao Paulo state civil defense officials say 11 people died when their houses collapsed because of mudslides and two were killed in flash floods. Painted on walls, from left, a South Korean flag, a Brazilian flag and a South African flag. 

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Heavy Rains Leave Hundreds Dead in Southeast Brazil

Heavy rains and surging water from Rio de Janeiro to nearby municipalities proved to be too much  for the brick houses and wooden shacks built on hillsides.

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