Saturday, January 24, 2009

Brazilian province of Minas Gerais floods -- Reuters video

Jan. 23 - Rescue teams rush in to save trapped flood victims as heavy rains and severe flooding continue to plague Brazil's southeastern state of Minas Gerais.

27 people have died in the state since the rainy season began in September and over 100 districts have declared a state of emergency. Pavithra George reports.SOUNDBITE: Alexandre Fernandes Rosario

For those of your who are not too familiar with Minas Gerais, it is Brazil's 2nd or 3rd most important region after Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. Called Minas Gerais because of its mineral wealth. The province is supposed to be one of Brazil's driest, hardly ever getting rain. So you might be able to guess why it's a big deal when it floods like this.