Heavy rains cause landslides and flooding in São Paulo, killing 19

According to São Paulo state authorities, nine
other people were injured in the rains and four more were missing, while some
500 families were left homeless across the state.

Sao Paulo Governor João Doria flew over the
flooded areas on Sunday and said he had authorized 15 million reais ($2.79
million) of emergency aid for the affected cities.

The federal government said in a statement
from the Ministry of Regional Development that it is monitoring the situation.

The hardest-hit municipalities around greater
São Paulo included Aruja, Francisco Morato, Embu das Artes and Franco da Rocha.

The storms also caused damages upstate in
Varzea Paulista, Campo Limpo Paulista, Jau, Capivari, Montemor and Rafard,
state officials said.

Since December, heavy rains have triggered
deadly floods in northeast Brazil, threatened to delay harvests in the midwest
and briefly forced the suspension of mining operations in the state of Minas

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