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Death toll in Brazilian flooding rises to 57

By the CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) -- The death toll from flooding in northeastern Brazil rose to 57, civil defense officials said Tuesday.

In the hard-hit state of Alagoas, the number of dead reached 37, the state-run Agencia Brasil news agency reported. There were 69 people still missing in the state.

In Pernambuco state, the number of dead rose to 20, civil defense officials said, the agency reported.

More than 30 cities in these two states have declared states of emergency. Thousands remained homeless. The flooding was the result of heavy rains last week in the northeastern part of the country.