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May 6, 2021

Families search for missing as death toll rises in Brazilian floods

The death toll from devastating flooding in Brazil continued to climb Tuesday, surpassing 700, the government said. A helicopter rescued 18 people from a city in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro state after rains caused devastating flooding and mudslides in the mountainous region, CNN reports. Four children – including a 30-day-old baby, were among those lifted to safety Monday. The Air Force said one of them — 6-year-old Guilherme Carvalho – summed up the feelings of the group with a simple exclamation: “Relief!” The death toll from flooding in Rio de Janeiro state has climbed to 710, according to government figures released Tuesday. And thousands are homeless across the state.

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