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By Sibel Tinar, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Intense tropical rainstorms sweeping across southeastern Brazil since Tuesday have caused massive flooding, landslides, and killed an estimated 360 people so far in the states of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo.

Região Serrana, the scenic, mountainous region of the Rio state that includes the major cities of Petrópolis, Teresópolis and Nova Friburgo is the hardest hit area, with at least 336 people reported dead until now.

Teresópolis, the worst-affected city, which is located a hundred kilometers northeast of the city of . . .

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