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Death toll rises to 8 from cyclone in Brazil
Death toll rises to 8 from cyclone in Brazil

Sao Paulo, June 18 : The death toll from the floods caused by an extratropical cyclone in the southern Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul rose to eight, while 19 people remained missing.

So far, 40 municipalities have been impacted by landslides, floods and power outages. A total of 2,330 people have been evacuated, 602 displaced, and over half a million people have been left without electricity, said the state's Civil Defense Department.

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has pledged federal aid to the affected area.

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