Torrential rains doused Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday, killing at least six people and sowing chaos in Brazil’s second largest city, which declared a state of emergency after a storm that the mayor described as “absolutely abnormal.”

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Powerful, ‘abnormal’ rains lash Rio de Janeiro, at least six dead. Picture via Twitter

The rains began around Monday evening and had not let up by midday Tuesday, with a heavy downpour forecast through the end of the day. More than 34 cm (13 inches) of rain fell on parts of the city in the last 24 hours, according to the mayor’s office.

A woman and her 7-year-old granddaughter were buried in a mudslide as they rode in a taxi, and the driver’s body was also found inside the vehicle, police detective Valeria Aragao told O Globo newspaper. Two adult sisters died when their home in a slum was buried in a mudslide, while a man drowned in another part of the city, the mayor’s office said in a statement.

Videos on local news showed normally calm residential streets turned into raging torrents that dragged people and cars. A coastal bike path meant to be a legacy of the 2016 Olympics that had been weakened by previous storms suffered more damage, with chunks of the path falling into the sea.

These rains are absolutely abnormal for this time of year; none of us expected so much rain at this time,” Mayor Marcelo Crivella told an early morning news conference.

The mayor’s office declared a state of emergency on Monday night. Major roads were closed, and the mayor’s office said 785 places were without power.

Emergency services acted to rescue people trapped in cars and on the streets. TV images on Tuesday showed divers examining a car submerged in a flooded underpass.

Rio’s streets were quieter than usual on Tuesday, as nearly all schools shut and people worked from home to avoid the risk of being trapped at work.

It was the second major storm in two months to batter Rio. A violent tempest that hit the city in February killed at least seven people.

And this is only the beginning…

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Home Forums Absolutely ABNORMAL rain storm lashes Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, turning streets into torrential rivers – at least six dead – 8 inches in 4 hours – State of emergency

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  • #171577 Reply

    Captn.Jack

    Trump has got to know about who is controlling the weather and will not stop it. Find the control points and bomb the hell out of them,if the space station is the control point bring the people back to earth then destroy it. Weather wars is real and you better read up on it.

  • #171578 Reply

    Rumplestiltskin

    Only six dead eh? Must you new organization always tell us how many died during any catastrophe that might happen around the world. WE DON’T CARE !

    It is hard enough to deal with the tens of thousands who die here in the USA every month, but then you guys must tell us of all the other deaths happening around the world. Do you idiots have any idea as to how many people die every day around the world, and you think we are supposed to get all mushy over 6 dying in floods?

    We don’t need to know the numbers, because it is irrelevant to the story as far as we are concerned. Stop trying to get a emotional rise out of your readers, as it is a cheap attack on our emotions you used to attract new readership !

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