At Least 16 Died in Flash Floods, Mudslides in Brazil

At least 16 people died, including seven children, in flash floods and mudslides after days of heavy rainfall in the southeastern Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro, authorities said on April 2.

Heavy rainfall, which began on March 31, triggered deadly landslides in the region.

In the town of Paraty, a landslide killed a father and six of his children aged two to 17, CNN Brazil reported.

Rescuers found a seventh child alive, who was then transported to the Praia Brava hospital.

In the city of Angra dos Reis, a four-year-old girl and a 10-year old child were among eight people who died.

Meanwhile, in the municipality of Mesquita, a 38-year-old man was electrocuted to death

At least four people were seriously injured in the coastal community of Ponta Negra.

Over 22 neighborhoods sustained flooding and 71 families were displaced, officials in Paraty said.

Rio de Janeiro state firefighters and civil defense authorities have been deployed in affected areas to help rescue people.

According to state authorities, rescuers brought 144 people to safety.

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