NEWS
26/01/2020 15:28 GMT | Updated 27/01/2020 09:02 GMT

Dozens Killed In Brazil After Highest Rainfall In 110 Years

Hundreds of people have been left homeless as floods and landslides sweep the south-east of the country.

Thirty-seven people have been killed in south-eastern Brazil after record rainfall, with thousands of people forced to flee their homes. 

Civil defence officials said that in addition to the dead, 25 people were missing in the state of Minas Gerais.

The state capital, Belo Horizonte, recorded 171mm (6.7 inches) of rain in one 24-hour period from Thursday to Friday, the highest rainfall in 110 years.

Videos shared online show raging waters rushing through the middle of towns, dragging people, furniture and debris with them. 

In one video and entire house can be seen crumbling as the rain falls.

Forecasters have said the rain is expected to subside throughout Sunday, but the threat of landslides remained severe in some areas. 

State governor Gustavo Zema has declared a state of emergency in 47 cities, and announced three days of official mourning for those killed in the floods and landslides.