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Four reported killed in Rio de Janeiro flooding

AFP  |  Rio de Janeiro 

floods caused by heavy rain in killed four people and caused major traffic snares today after sweeping through residential areas, reported.

said a 12-year-old and a were among the dead. Two adults were also reportedly killed in a mudslide.

The fire department did not immediately respond for confirmation of the toll.

The flooding followed dramatic rainstorms overnight accompanied by lightning and high wind. Residential streets, including in impoverished favelas, were inundated and a stretch of the coastal cycling path built ahead of the 2016 Rio collapsed.

Major highways were partially blocked, leading to traffic jams.

showed dramatic footage of gushing down narrow streets, carrying away a car, while a man on a motorcycle struggled to try and escape the deluge.

Authorities said that in the west of Rio, the rain usually expected for the whole of February fell in one night.

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First Published: Thu, February 15 2018. 23:16 IST