Death toll rises from Rio de Janeiro's furious rains

10 April 2019

Torrential rains lashed Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday. 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.

According to the mayor's office, some parts of the city got more than 21 cm of rain within four hours that is three times the monthly average rainfall for April. At least ten people died in Brazil's second largest city, which declared a state of emergency after a storm the mayor described as absolutely abnormal.

Emergency services went into action across the city to rescue people trapped in cars and out on the streets. The storm was the second major one to batter Rio in two months. A violent tempest that hit the city in February killed at least seven people.