Surging River Swamps Bridge Amid Deadly Flooding in Brazil

Prolonged heavy rain has led to flooding in eastern Brazil, killing at least 10 people in the state of Minas Gerais, officials said.

According to Brazil’s Civil Defense, 220,000 people have been affected by the floods in Minas Gerais, with 6,000 made homeless. The state’s vice-governor, Paulo Brant, blamed river sedimentation and poor planning for the flooding in a video statement on Instagram.

Video posted on Tuesday shows the overflowing Piranga River in Ponte Nova, Minas Gerais.

The heavy flooding caused travel disruptions and the suspension of services in the town.

Local officials advised people to avoid the river. Credit: @geanpaulaa via Storyful

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