31 dead and more than 70 missing as a result of heavy rainfall in Brazil’s Rio Grande do Sul

Srinagar, May 4 (KNS): At least 31 people have been killed and more than 70 people are missing after heavy rains lashed Brazil’s southernmost state of Rio Grande do Sul, reports said.

Reports said at least 17,000 people had been displaced in the state bordering Uruguay and Argentina, where almost half of the 497 towns were affected.

They said that in several cities the streets effectively turned into rivers, with roads and bridges destroyed. The storm also caused landslides and the partial collapse of a dam structure at a small hydroelectric power station.

They said a second dam in the town of Bento Goncalves is also at risk of collapsing and people living nearby should be evacuated.

Reports added that the death toll is likely to rise further as authorities have been unable to reach certain locations. (KNS)