Brasilia, December 24 (RHC) -- The death toll from flood caused by recent storms in Brazil's southeast states of Espirito Santo and Minas Gerais has reached 20, local media reported Monday.
Six people died in Espirito Santo and 14 in Minas Gerais, including several minors. Most were killed in flood-caused landslides that buried their homes, the reports revealed, quoting local Civil Defense authorities.
In Espirito Santo alone, 40,000 people have been left homeless due to severe flooding in the state capital Vitoria and its surroundings.
Overall more than 6,000 homes were either damaged or destroyed by the storms. A state-wide emergency has been declared and the National Security Force has been dispatched for relief and rescue efforts.
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