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By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Torrential rains in the city of Rio de Janeiro Wednesday night left at least five people dead. The rain caused landslides, flooding and downed trees throughout Zona Sul and Barra da Tijuca.

“The rain affected the neighborhoods of Barra da Tijuca, São Conrado and Jardim Botânico, that is, mainly the places near the mountains,” Barra da Tijuca resident, Mariangela Ribeiro told The Rio Times.

“My apartment was very affected, because the pipes that drain the water from the penthouse were not big enough for the volume of rain . . .

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