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Hundreds dead in Brazil floods

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Heavy flooding in Brazil have killed at least 270 people in the states of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo.

Torrential downpours battered the two southeastern regions late on Wednesday.

The worst affected was a mountainous area northeast of the city of Rio, which saw a month’s rainfall in just 24 hours.

The heavy rains triggered mudslides in the towns of Teresopolis, Nova Friburgo and Petropolis.

In Teresopolis alone, at least 130 people have died.

Several more remain unaccounted for and the search goes on for survivors.

Brazilian Dilma Rousseff has released emergency aid worth 320 million euros to fund the rescue operations.