At Least 270 Dead in Brazil Floods

January 12, 2011 Updated: October 1, 2015

Children look at residents evacuating a dog on a kayak at a flooded area in downtown Franco da Rocha, some 35 kilometers west of Sao Paulo, Brazil, on January 12, 2011. (Mauricio Lima/AFP/Getty Images)
Children look at residents evacuating a dog on a kayak at a flooded area in downtown Franco da Rocha, some 35 kilometers west of Sao Paulo, Brazil, on January 12, 2011. (Mauricio Lima/AFP/Getty Images)
Mudslides and floods in Brazil have killed at least 270 people as heavy rains caused the floods over the last couple of days.

In Sao Paulo, floods on Monday and Tuesday killed 13 people. In a mountainous region north of Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday and Wednesday, heavy rains killed at least 257 people.

The rainfall in 24 hours in the area around Rio de Janeiro was similar to a normal amount in a month, according to the BBC.

Rio state Environment Secretary Carlos Minc, commented that the number of deaths may be much higher than currently reported. According to Reuters, he said on Globo Television, “Many people died while sleeping.” The floods left thousands of people isolated or displaced.