Heavy rains, flooding hit southeastern Brazil again

Dozens of people have died due to storms since January 24 across Espirito Santo and Minas Gerais states.

    An overturned car after heavy rains at the Sao Pedro neighbourhood in Belo Horizonte of Minas Gerais state [Douglas Magno/AFP]
    An overturned car after heavy rains at the Sao Pedro neighbourhood in Belo Horizonte of Minas Gerais state [Douglas Magno/AFP]

    Heavy rains since Tuesday have caused destruction in the southeast of Brazil, a region that was already suffering from flooding and landslides in the last week.

    In the capital of Minas Gerais state, Belo Horizonte, a metropolitan area home to six million people, some neighbourhoods saw 176mm (7 inches) of rain on Tuesday night. The downpour continued on Wednesday morning.

    It was the latest storm in what has been a punishing January for Minas Gerais and neighbouring Espirito Santo and Rio de Janeiro states.

    Roads on Tuesday night turned into gushing rivers, sweeping away cars, motorcycles and debris.

    One person was killed, and as of Wednesday, 62 people had died since January 24 due to storms across Espirito Santo and Minas Gerais.

    Rains are expected to continue this week in the southeast of the country.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera and news agencies