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Heavy rains kill 11 in Brazil’s Northeast, 6 more missing

July 24, 2019

SAO PAULO (AP) — Heavy rains caused landslides and flooding Wednesday that authorities said killed at least 11 people in the northeastern Brazilian state of Pernambuco.

The local fire department said six other people were missing after downpours in the cities of Recife, Olinda and Abreu e Lima. At least seven people were injured, the fire department said.

Authorities said nine of the deaths were due to landslides in Recife and in Abreu e Lima.

The flooding forced some public buildings to close, including schools.

City officials in the state capital of Recife said about 9.5 inches (241 millimeters) of rain had fallen since the start of Saturday.

Last month nine people died due to heavy rains in Recife’s metropolitan area.

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