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At least 15 people killed by landslides, flooding in Sao Paulo, Brazil

SAO PAULO, March 12, 2016 (Xinhua) -- Aerial view of a flooded zone as a consequence of the rainstorms in Franco da Rocha town, to 26km from northern city of Sao Paulo, Brazil, on March 11, 2016. According to local press, at least 15 people have died of the landslides and other disasters caused by rainstorms between late Thursday and early Friday in the metropolitan region of Sao Paulo. (Xinhua/Marcel Naves/Agencia Estado)

SAO PAULO, March 12, 2016 (Xinhua) — Aerial view of a flooded zone as a consequence of the rainstorms in Franco da Rocha town, to 26km from northern city of Sao Paulo, Brazil, on March 11, 2016. According to local press, at least 15 people have died of the landslides and other disasters caused by rainstorms between late Thursday and early Friday in the metropolitan region of Sao Paulo. (Xinhua/Marcel Naves/Agencia Estado)

At least 15 people were killed on Thursday night by landslides provoked by heavy rains and floods in the urban area of Sao Paulo, the city’s fire department announced on Friday. One landslide in the town of Mairipora left four people dead and seven others injured. In the municipality of Francisco Morato, nine people died in two separate landslides linked to the rain, while two others died, in the areas of Guarulhos and Cajamar respectively. The storm that tore through the city on Thursday night also closed the international airport of Guarulhos for six hours…

 

Cyclone Winston: Foreign Minister Julie Bishop to visit Fiji to meet with Australian aid workers

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has announced an additional $10 million in aid for Fiji as it recovers from the devastation caused by Cyclone Winston. The extra funding will provide food, clean water, hygiene and shelter to hundreds of communities struggling with the aftermath of Fiji’s worst-recorded cyclone. Ms Bishop said Australia will work closely with the Fijian authorities to make urgent repairs…

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