Heavy rain kills 35 people in Brazil

At least 35 people died in torrential rains in northeastern Brazil on Friday and Saturday as waters swept across two major Atlantic cities in the South American country's fourth major flood in five months.

At least 33 people had died in Pernambuco state as of Saturday afternoon, as rain triggered landslides that removed residential areas built on hills, according to a post on the state's Twitter account.

The state government stated that another 765 people had been forced to flee their homes, at least temporarily.

The Federal Emergency Service reported that the neighboring state of Alagoas had recorded two deaths.

In late December and early January, dozens of people died and tens of thousands were displaced from their homes when floods swept through the state of Bahia, which is also located in northeastern Brazil.

At least 18 died in floods in the southeastern Brazilian state of Sao Paulo in January.

In February, heavy rains fell on the mountains of Rio de Janeiro state, killing 230 people.

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