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Southern Brazil has been hit by the worst floods in 80 years. At least 37 people have died

SAO PAULO – Heavy rains in the southern Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul have killed 37 people, while another 74 people are missing, the state civil protection agency said on Friday, as record-breaking floods devastated towns and forced thousands from their homes to leave.

It was the fourth environmental disaster in a year, after floods in July, September and November 2023 that killed a total of 75 people.