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Brazil flooding death toll rises

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (CNN) -The death toll from historic floods in southern Brazil continued to creep upward Monday, with 112 reported dead, the state news agency said. Image: People make their way through floodwaters in the Brazilian state of Santa Catarina last week.

Officials say 19 people remain missing and nearly 79,000 residents have been left homeless, according to the state-run Agencia Brasil. Many of the deaths have been caused by mudslides.

I've never seen anything like this," President Lula said Thursday.

The disaster also is having an economic effect, with bridges, roads, houses and buildings destroyed. The federation of industries said the closed port in Itajai is costing $33 million a day.
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