Brazil flooding death toll rises to 20
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Last Updated: Saturday, January 18, 2014, 09:13
Sao Paulo: The death toll from last weekend's flash flooding in the southern Brazilian town of Itaoca has risen to 20, with six people still missing, authorities said .

Sao Paulo state's Civil Defence Department updated the earlier toll of 12 dead.

Some 332 people - or about 10 per cent of the town's population - were left homeless by overflowing waters from the Palmital River following torrential downpours.

Four people were injured and some 100 homes damaged.

A bridge providing access to Itaoca, located 340 kilometres southwest of Sao Paulo, was also destroyed and state authorities yesterday pledged to rebuild it.


First Published: Saturday, January 18, 2014, 09:13

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