Death Toll From Flooding In Brazil Surpasses 800

(From Carbonated TVs Editor's desk)

The world is still reeling from the shocking pictures of the Pakistani Floods of 2010 late last year, but the memories are made all the more clearer as we see the Australian and the Brazilian floods of 2011. In January 2011 floods devastated Australia and caused massive disruption in the day-to-day lives of people of the state of Queensland. An estimated 3 million Australians were affected by it, and the damage done was extensive, but it was the recent floods of Brazil that is causing the world to gasp in general. The devastating floods of Brazil have resulted in nearly a 1000 people's death with many more missing. Massive mudslides and flooding has swept up not just houses but entire towns and neighborhoods have been victims of this devastation. The Brazilian government is now releasing information of the dead and it appears the hardest hit place was a town in Rio de Janeiro's with almost 400 dead. With scores missing, thousands of people homeless, the beginning of the year 2011, aren’t turning out to be a great one, especially not for Brazil. Is it going to be the end of the times as was predicted by the Mayans?

(CNN)

Devastating floods in Brazil's Rio de Janeiro state have killed more than 800 people, according to new government figures.

State authorities said late Sunday that 809 people were killed after flooding and massive mudslides flattened houses and wiped out entire neighborhoods in hillside towns.

The city of Nova Friburgo was the hardest hit, with at least 391 victims, Rio de Janeiro state government said.

The flooding, caused by days of torrential rains, has left thousands of people homeless throughout the state, according to the government's tally.

Other states in the South American country have also seen heavy rainfall. Earlier this month, authorities in neighboring Sao Paulo state said flooding had killed 24 people.