Dam Breaks In Brazil: 13,000 Homeless, At Least Eight Dead

Water burst through a Brazil dam yesterday, in northern Rio de Janeiro, causing a declared state of emergency in 66 towns as they try to evacuate citizens from the floods and landslides. Local media report nine dead, and some 13,000 displaced by the disaster. Flooding, a common threat from the increasingly heavy rainfall in southeast Brazil, has affected 2 million people nationwide this year.

A Reuters video shows flooding up to homes’ rooftops:

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The disaster comes almost a year-to-date after one of Brazil’s worst floods in its history, which killed more than 900 people and left 31,000 displaced.