Rio de Janeiro, Jan 26 (GCCurrentAffairs) At least seven people were killed while 16 others went missing after unprecedented heavy rainfall lashed the Belo Horizonte city in South eastern Brazil, media reported on Sunday.
According to the regional coordinator of civil defense of the state, 2,554 people were forced to evacuate the area and 791 are now homeless due to the rains on Saturday.
The seven dead were found in Belo Horizonte city as well as the metropolitan areas of Ibirite and Betim, authorities said.
Brazil’s National Institute of Meteorology (Inmet) said that Belo Horizonte experienced on Friday its highest amount of rainfall in the past 110 years.
According to Inmet, the city registered an accumulation of 171.8 millimeters of rainfall in about 24 hours.