Floods have engulfed two states in north-east Brazil, killing at least 42 people and forcing at least 100,000 to flee their homes.
Another 1,000 people are missing, prompting fears that the death toll in Alagoas and Pernambuco might rise. The floods, brought on by nearly a week of rain, are thought to have destroyed entire villages.
The governor of Alagoas, Teotonio Vilela Filho, said bodies were being washed up on beaches and riverbanks. At least 29 people were confirmed dead in Alagoas and more than 1,000 people are missing.
"Unfortunately, some towns have been nearly 100% destroyed, basically wiped off the map," Sandro Cavalcante, a spokesman for the Alagoas state Civil Defense agency, told the Reuters news agency. At least 13 deaths were confirmed in the state of Pernambuco.
More than 58,000 people were forced to leave their homes in Alagoas and more than 42,000 in Pernambuco, Brazil's civil defence agency was quoted as saying by Spain's Efe news agency. AFP news agency quoted unspecified officials as saying the total number of people displaced was 100,000.
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