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Floods continue to cause death, damage in Rio

English.news.cn   2013-01-19 10:24:49            

RIO DE JANEIRO, Jan. 18 (Xinhua) -- Floods and ensuing mudslides continue to plague Rio, where a summer storm caused damage and killed a teenage girl on Friday.

The heavy rain, falling on Thursday, caused several streams to flood in the city, inundating streets and causing traffic disruptions in Brazil's second largest city.

Two train stations were forced to suspend operation Friday morning as the access to the platforms remained flooded several hours after the rain stopped.

In Niteroi, Rio's metro area, 13-year-old Julia Gonalves Damaceno was hit to death by a falling wall as she tried to protect two smaller children. The kids survived with minor injuries.

It was the second heavy storm hitting Rio this week. In other dangerous areas of the city, the water level was so high that cars were dragged by current.

The area surrounding the Maracana stadium, the venue to host the FIFA Confederations Cup in June and the 2014 World Cup, was also underwater.

Floods are common in Rio and other cities during the summer, inflicting heavy losses every year. Two years ago, a major storm swept across several towns of Rio's mountainous region, killing some 900 people.

Editor: Yang Lina
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