Brazilian Government Pledges $100 Million To Aid Flood Victims

"The Brazilian government pledged $100 million in food, water and reconstruction aid for northeastern Brazil, where devastating floods have killed at least 41 people and left an estimated 115,000 others homeless.The Brazilian government on Tuesday pledged $100 million in food, water and reconstruction aid for northeastern Brazil, where devastating floods have killed at least 41 people and left an estimated 115,000 others homeless. Hundreds of people were still missing Tuesday.Heavy rains caused rivers in the Alagoas and Pernambuco states to rise by as much as 15 feet. Floodwaters from the Una River knocked out two main bridges and washed out parts of the Atlantic coastal highway connecting Pernambuco with the rest of the country.Worst hit was the Alagoas town of Uniao de Palmares, where 500 people were reported missing. Drinking water there and in several other cities was compromised. Television images showed much of the town, located about 1,500 miles northeast of Sao Paulo, sunk in m