40,000 flee homes in Brazil flooding

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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

SAO PAULO -- Civil defense officials say floods and mudslides caused by heavy downpours have killed at least 20 people and forced more than 40,000 to leave their homes in southeastern Brazil.

The civil defense department of Minas Gerais state, on its website, said 14 people died there in floodwaters or mudslides. It added that about 700 people were forced to seek shelter in public buildings or in the homes of friends and relatives.

The civil defense department in neighboring Espirito Santo state also said another six people were killed in their area and about 40,150 people were forced to evacuate from their homes as mudslides and rivers are overflowing their banks. (AP)

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