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Mudslides and flooding kill 16 in Brazil

Mudslides and flooding caused by heavy downpours have killed at least 16 people including a four-year-old boy in low-income neighbourhoods in Sao Paulo state, Brazil.

Captain Marcos Palumbo of Sao Paulo Fire Department said mudslides destroyed several houses, killing nine people in the city of Francisco Morato and four in Maripora, where another eight people are reported missing.

Three people drowned when they were swept away in floodwaters, one each in the cities of Guarulhos, Cajamar and Itatiba.

The heavy rains that began on Thursday night shut down Sao Paulo's International airport for six hours.

Images aired by television stations showed cars covered by water in Francisco Morato and Maripora as well as in parts of Sao Paulo city.

The rain also halted commuter train service for several hours.


From Belfast Telegraph