11 people died due to heavy rains in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro on Sunday. The Brazilian Fire Department reported this to the French news agency, Agence France-Presse.
The victims died from drowning, electrocution, and landslides. Firefighters are still searching for a woman who was reported missing after her car was swept away by the river.
In some parts of the city, 200 mm of water fell in 24 hours: this is more than expected for the entire month of January. Along Avenida Brasil, one of the city's main arteries, water rose to the hoods of cars. Dozens of bus lines and many metro stations were closed. The fire brigade carried out 200 interventions.
The National Center for Monitoring and Warning of Natural Disasters (Simaden) warned of the high risk of landslides in eight municipalities in Rio de Janeiro state.
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