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Heavy rains kill five in Brazil

Civil defense officials say mudslides triggered by heavy rains have killed at least five people and injured another 15 in southeastern Brazil.

world Updated: Apr 09, 2012 07:29 IST

Civil defense officials say mudslides triggered by heavy rains have killed at least five people and injured another 15 in southeastern Brazil.

The civil defense department of the city of Teresopolis says a daylong downpour in the mountains north of Rio de Janeiro caused 20 mudslides that forced more than 300 people to leave their homes on Friday.

They found temporary shelter in the homes of relatives and in schools and sports gymnasiums.

Last year, more than 900 people were killed in floods and mudslides that punished Teresopolis and two neighboring cities. About 14,000 people were driven from their homes.