Brazilian family separated by floods is reunited

In the town of Ilheus, Andreia Santos waited excitedly as firefighters brought her niece and nephews in a speed boat.

The children, who live on a farm in an isolated area with their parents, received help from the firefighters to reach safe grounds where their aunt was waiting for them. The children's parents chose to stay in their home.

"It's a joy to know that they managed to cross to this side, thank God (we're) in peace!" said Santos after receiving her niece and nephews with hugs.

The rescue team also rode their speed boat against the strong currents to bring donations to people in isolated areas.

Brazil's Bahia state, home to about 15 million people, has suffered from floods for weeks after a historic dry spell gave way to record rains. The floods have killed at least 20 people.

Bahia Governor Rui Costa reported nearly 50,000 people have been displaced, and 5,000 new homes would need to be constructed at the cost of 400 million reais due to the floods.

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