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Brazil Flooding Displaces 20,000 People

More than 20,000 people driven from their homes by floods in southern Brazil

The Associated Press, March 14, 2011

SAO PAULO — Authorities say floods in southern Brazil have forced more than 20,000 people to leave their homes.

Civil defense officials say nearly 12,000 people have been affected in Santa Catarina state, while about 9,000 have left flooded homes in neighboring Parana state.

A statement issued Monday by the Parana state civil defense department says that two people died on a landslide triggered by the rains. One person remains missing.

Heavy rains have been hitting the region since Thursday.

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