Rio de Janeiro : The number of people killed in accidents linked to heavy rains in the southern Brazilian state of Santa Catarina rose to 72 Tuesday, while several of the 30 towns affected by the disaster were starting to experience looting and sharp rises
in food prices, DPA reported.
According to the latest report by Civil Defense authorities, close to 54,000 people had to be evacuated from their homes and 137,000 homes had no power.
According to state authorities, four cities had declared a state of catastrophe and eight municipalities had been cut off from the outside world.
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