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At least 5 killed in Rio de Janeiro downpours

Firefighters work to recover two bodies trapped inside a bus that was partially buried in mud during a violent storm in the Vidigal slum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019. Rio officials say torrential downpours and strong winds have killed at least five people and left a trail of destruction (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
February 07, 2019 - 12:33 PM

RIO DE JANEIRO - Officials in Rio de Janeiro say torrential downpours and strong winds have killed at least five people and left a trail of destruction.

The press office of the Rio de Janeiro fire department announced the death toll Thursday.

Rio's Mayor Marcelo Crivella decreed three days of mourning for the victims.

Crivella said: "In two hours the amount of rain that fell on the city was equivalent to the rainfall for the entire month."

He added: "Meteorologists never imagined that the storm would be as violent as it was."

The Rio Operations Center said that strong winds of up to 68 mph (109 kph) knocked down trees and caused heavy flooding in several streets.

The centre monitors weather, traffic, trash collection, electricity, water, gas and emergency situations, among other things.

News from © The Associated Press, 2019
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