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Heavy storm hits southeastern Brazil, killing 30 people

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — On Thursday evening, a powerful storm struck the southeastern Brazilian state of Minas Gerais, killing at least 30 people and losing 17 others, the civil defense agency announced on Sunday.

The Brazilian Civil Defense Authority announced on Sunday that the death toll from the powerful storm that struck the state of Minas Gerais in the southeast of Brazil on Thursday reached at least 30 dead.

The announcement of the new toll came after the agency announced earlier in the day that the death toll had risen to 11, and in addition to the victims there were seven injured and 17 missing.

3,500 people displaced

More than 3,500 people have been displaced by landslides and house collapses, according to civil defense officials.

Local television stations broadcast scenes of landslides, flooded homes, trees and power poles that uprooted them and around a sweeping area.

The storm also caused damage in the neighboring states of Rio and Espírito Santo.

Two children are among the victims

On Friday, two children and two adults died as a result of the collapse of two houses in Iberetti.

Two other people were killed in the collapse of two houses in the Villa Bernarditi neighborhood in Belo Horizonte, capital of Minas Gerais.

Four people were spent in Belo Horizonte, and one in Contagem.

The National Meteorological Institute announced that the largest percentage of precipitation was recorded in 24 hours in 110 years, as it recorded between the hours of nine in the morning on Thursday until the same time in the morning of Friday, 171.8 mm of rain fell in Belo Horizonte, a record amount.

And Saturday rains continued.

A week ago, six people died as a result of floods and landslides caused by heavy rains in the state of Espírito Santo in southeastern Brazil.

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