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By Nicole Pelligrino, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO - Recent flooding in Brazil’s northern and northeastern regions, stretching from the Amazon to the Atlantic coast, has forced Brazilian authorities to reexamine the nation’s preparedness for such disasters. The torrential rains and their aftermath continue to haunt residents.

States of emergency have been declared throughout the region. Some 370,000 individuals have been rendered homeless, while 45 are missing or dead as a result of mudslides, poor drainage, overflowing riverbanks, and unnavigable currents during attempted escapes. Looting has been reported throughout the region. Residents have criticized that the delivery of . . .

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