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Rains to Continue in Brazil as Floods Kill 538 People

Brazil’s most-deadly natural disaster may worsen as heavy rain in coming weeks threatens to cause more mudslides and hinder rescue efforts after at least 538 people died in Rio de Janeiro state.

Petropolis, Teresopolis and Nova Friburgo, cities in the mountainous area about 65 kilometers (40 miles) north of Rio, were the hardest hit this week as heavy rain sent earth and rocks rolling down hillside communities and swollen rivers swept away houses. A cold front stationed in the region and a weather system bringing humidity from the Amazon will continue to produce persistent rain, Brazil’s Agriculture Ministry said.