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Montevideo, March 22nd 2019 - 14:31 UTC

Intense rains and flash floods killed at least 11 people in Sao Paulo

Tuesday, March 12th 2019 - 09:25 UTC
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Nearly 110 millimeters of rain fell from Sunday afternoon to Monday afternoon, 70% of the amount expected for the entire month of March, authorities said. Nearly 110 millimeters of rain fell from Sunday afternoon to Monday afternoon, 70% of the amount expected for the entire month of March, authorities said.

Intense floods in Latin America's business hub Sao Paulo, which turned roads into rivers and tossed cars atop buildings and into trees, have killed at least 11 people, with authorities bracing for more rain.

Five people drowned. The others, including at least one infant, were buried alive in mudslides, according to the Sao Paulo state security secretariat.

Nearly 110 millimeters of rain fell from Sunday afternoon to Monday afternoon, 70% of the amount expected for the entire month of March, authorities said.

That caused chaos in Sao Paulo's already-clogged traffic, as commuter trains were partially shut down, and buses and cars were stuck in gridlocked streets.

Rain is forecast for at least another two days.

The Mercedes-Benz truck and bus factory in Sao Bernardo do Campo was flooded and activity partially suspended, according to the local metalworkers' union.

The German automaker is the largest manufacturer of trucks and buses in Brazil, having sold 21,153 vehicles last year.

Categories: Environment, Brazil.

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