RIO DE JANEIRO, Jan. 29 — Heavy storms have claimed 65 lives in Brazil's southeastern state of Sao Paulo in the past two months, local authorities said Thursday.
A 34-year-old man named Jose Milton do Carmo was the latest victim who was washed away when crossing a stream on a motorbike.
According to the Civil Defense department, 50 people have been injured in the storms in Sao Paulo state, and two remain missing since December 1.
Over 19,000 people had to leave their homes temporarily, and some 5,000 have lost their homes in floods and mudslides.
A total of 144 cities and towns in the state have been affected by the storms. Among them, 26 have declared a state of emergency and two declared a state of calamity.
Six dams in the Cantareira System, which supply water for the Sao Paulo state, are operating near capacity. If the rain continues, 12 cities and towns located near rivers may suffer floods. (PNA/Xinhua)