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By Sibel Tinar, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – As the death toll from the flooding and mudslides following last week's heavy tropical rains climbs over 670 in Região Serrana, the mountainous region of the State of Rio de Janeiro, public health concerns and fears of an epidemic have been escalating.

The disaster, which is the worst climate-related tragedy in Brazilian history, has devastated seven cities in the region (Nova . . .

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