The death toll from the Brazilian floods has risen to 83 dead and dozens missing



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The death toll from a series of Catastrophic floods The death toll in the southern Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul has risen to at least 83, the state’s civil defense unit said Monday.

Authorities are also investigating four other deaths to determine if they are storm-related.

Another 276 people were reportedly injured and at least 111 people were missing, while at least 121,000 people were displaced, according to the Civil Defense of Rio Grande do Sul.

The disaster affected more than 850,000 people in 345 municipalities, destroying homes, roads and bridges.

Renan Matos – Reuters

Military firefighters rescue a man using a helicopter.

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People are being rescued in Canoas.

CNN spoke with local residents and evacuees who reported seeing bodies still in the floodwaters, likely not yet counted in the death toll.

Colonel Jose Carlos Salit, subcommander of military firefighters in Rio Grande do Sul, told CNN on Sunday that nearly 1,000 firefighters were working on rescue missions.

“When the rain stops, they launch short operations to rescue as many people as possible. Yesterday (Saturday) we were able to intensify operations,” Salit said.

Pictures show the muddy brown water rising to the roofs of houses in some areas, while rescue teams went out with inflatable rafts to transport people and pets on board.

Diego Vara – Reuters

The mud remained after the floodwaters receded in Jacarezinho.

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Destroyed buildings in the town of Roca Siles.

The state of Rio Grande do Sul has been increasingly exposed to severe weather phenomena in recent years, and at least 54 people died in the state in September after it was hit by a sub-tropical cyclone.

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