The rains began on Thursday, leading to deadly landslides in the region. According to the municipal authorities of the city, the amount of precipitation recorded in the last 48 hours was the highest on record in Angra dos Reis.
At least four more people were injured – none seriously – after seven houses were hit by landslides in the coastal village of Ponta Negra, Paraty officials said. More than 22 districts were affected by the floods and 71 families were forced to leave their homes.
In the municipality of Mesquita, a 38-year-old man was electrocuted after three days of heavy rains, CNN Brazil reported.
In the city of Angra dos Reis, a 4-year-old girl and a teenager were killed, at least nine people were missing, the branch said, citing civil defense and fire officials. Saved five people.
The fire and civil defense agencies of the state of Rio de Janeiro have been deployed to the affected cities to help rescue people. Civil Defense does not yet have an estimate of how many people are missing.
Brazil’s interior ministry said Colonel Alexander Lucas, the national secretary for civil defense and protection, is traveling to the hardest-hit areas on Saturday.