31 dead in floods, mudslides near Rio: Authorities

At least 31 people died in floods and mudslides near Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday, bringing the overall toll from heavy rains in Brazil`s southeast this week to 44 dead.

Updated: Jan 12, 2011, 23:58 PM IST

Rio De Janeiro: At least 31 people died
in floods and mudslides near Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday, bringing
the overall toll from heavy rains in Brazil`s southeast this
week to 44 dead, authorities said.

The 31 dead recorded in towns in a mountainous area
near Rio today came after 13 deaths registered in Sao Paulo on
Monday and yesterday.

Heavy rains common during Brazil`s summer wet season
were intensified this week by a cold front which doubled the
usual precipitation, causing saturated hillsides to give way
and crash into homes.

PTI