12 dead, six hurt in Sao Paulo floods

SAO PAULO (AFP) – Floods caused by torrential rain in and around Brazil’s financial hub Sao Paulo killed 12 people and hurt six others overnight, firefighters said on Monday.

In the town of Riberao Pires on the periphery of the country’s most populated city, four members of one family died and another two were injured when a house collapsed around midnight.

Another landslide killed one person in Embu das Artes, while three neighbours drowned in Sao Caetano do Sul, one in Sao Paulo, two in nearby Santo Andre and one more in the industrial city of Sao Bernardo do Campo, authorities said as they provided an updated toll.

Firefighters had to rescue several people stranded by the water and mud in Sao Paulo, Brazil’s biggest city and financial capital, with more than 20 million people.

The late summer rains submerged several neighbourhoods and blocked major arteries into the sprawling metropolis, cutting train and bus services in some areas.

Rescue teams had to travel using canoes through the streets turned into brown water channels.

There were also mudslides in parts of the city. Governor Joao Doria asked residents to stay in their homes as much as possible.

View of damaged caused by torrential rains in a street of Sao Paulo, Brazil. – AFP