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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Heavy rains affecting the northwest of Rio de Janeiro state since last Friday, February 19th, caused three rivers to swell up to 8 meters and left over 3,000 people displaced. The cities are now trying to clear properties and streets and shelter residents who have lost their homes.

The most affected municipalities were Bom Jesus do Itabapoana (330 km from the capital) and Porciúncula (350 km), according to the state government. In the first, 53 people have been displaced, staying with relatives or friends, and 13 families are homeless, living in two shelters temporarily . . .

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