25 Apr 2011

Deadly storms in Brazil

7:02 am on 25 April 2011

Landslides and floods triggered by torrential rain have killed at least 10 people in southern Brazil.

Among the dead were three children whose home was among several buried in the town of Novo Hamburgo in the state of Rio Grande do Sul.

A man was also electrocuted by toppled power lines and a farmer died when a building collapsed on him.

The BBC reports that floods and landslides in January killed about 800 people in a mountainous region near Rio de Janeiro.

Civil defence officials said that the latest flooding also caused deaths in Igrejinha, Fazenda Vila Nova and Sapucaia do Sul.

Flooding was also reported near Porto Alegre, state capital of Rio Grande do Sul, where about 100,000 residents were reported to be without power.