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Brazil flooding leaves 19 dead, government says

  • 9 people injured in flooding that began Wednesday, news agency reports
  • Heavy rains also leave 12 homeless in Rio de Janeiro
  • Mudslide also leaves 6 people homeless in city of Mage
  • Floods
  • Rio de Janeiro
  • Brazil

(CNN) -- At least 19 people have died in Brazil after flooding caused by heavy rain, the government-run news agency Agencia Brasil reported Thursday.

The deaths occurred in Rio de Janeiro state in coastal southeastern Brazil. Nine of the deaths occurred in the city of Rio de Janeiro.

Nine people have been injured and 12 left homeless since the heavy rain started Wednesday, the news agency said, citing the nation's Civil Defense agency.

A mudslide occurred in the city of Mage, located across Guanabara Bay from Rio de Janeiro. Six people were left homeless there, but no fatalities were reported.