Southern Brazil is being hit by the worst flooding in more than 80 years

Heavy rains in the southern Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul killed 39 people and another 68 are missing, the state civil protection agency said on Friday, as record-breaking floods devastated towns and forced thousands to flee their homes. It was the fourth environmental disaster in a year, after floods in July, September and November 2023 that killed a total of 75 people.