RIO DE JANEIRO, March 17 — RIA Novosti, Alexander Krasnov. More than 13,000 people were displaced from their homes due to heavy rains that hit the northern Brazilian state of Maranhao, reported Friday the local civil defense office.
According to authorities, the state of emergency declared in six cities.
Cause of the disaster became downpours that have caused a significant rise in water level in the rivers — up to 5.5 meters. As a result, located in the coastal strip of houses were completely flooded.
In the neighboring state of Para, where the mouth of the Amazon, the seasonal rains also flooded low-lying areas along the banks of rivers, 450 families have been evacuated to temporary accommodation centers.
No casualties from the northern Brazilian states have been reported.