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5/05/2009

Extreme Weather Hits Brazil and Columbia

BRAZIL - Severe flooding has hit Brazil's perennially drought-stricken northeast, killing 15 people and leaving 70,000 others homeless.

COLUMBIA - Hundreds of houses in the south, north and north west of Colombia this weekend were destroyed by rains, floods and extremely heavy winds. Hardest hit was the south-eastern department of Nariño, where 117 houses were destroyed when heavy winds blew off roofs of the mainly poorly constructed buildings. Reports of sudden strong winds that destroyed houses came from the north-eastern department of Antioquia. Heavy rainfall in the northern city of Barranquilla caused floods in 21 of the city's neighborhoods. In the Tolima department, one person died and dozens of houses were damaged when a heavy storm hit the south of the department. This year's rainy season, traditionally accompanied by heavy downpours and sudden storms, has already killed dozens of Colombians and is expected to last until the second half of May.
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