March 19 - Mudslides and floods set off by heavy rains kill at least 16 people in Rio de Janeiro's mountainous region and force hundreds out of their homes. Sarah Charlton reports.
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Heavy rains in Brazil triggered devastating mudslides on Monday (March 18) killing at least 16 people.
The mountainous region of Rio de Janeiro state was hit by 24 hours of continuous rainfall, leaving homes damaged.
More than 500 people were forced to flee and authorities declared a state of emergency here in Petropolis.
Rescue teams have been struggling to reach critical areas which are cut off by blocked roads.
Among the dead are two members of the civil defence force.
More than a month's worth of rain fell in just 24 hours, experts say.
In January 2011, some 900 people lost their lives when heavy rains swept through the region.