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Floods Hit Former Dust Bowl, Leave 100,000 Homeless

April 2, 1985

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AP) _ Heavy rains and flooding have hit northeast Brazil, leaving at least 100,000 people homeless in three states that had been suffering a prolonged drought, authorities said Tuesday.

The worst hit was Ceara state, on Brazil’s northeast Atlantic coast. Rivers and reservoirs overflowed their banks, drowning at least two people and driving 40,000 from their homes, the governor’s office said.

″A year ago these people were dying of hunger from the drought. Now they’re being punished by the rain,″ said Rosangela Sarmento of the governor’s press office in Fortaleza, Ceara’s capital, 1,700 miles northeast of Rio de Janeiro.

Similar conditions were reported in the states of Piaui and Maranhao, west of Ceara.

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