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Brazil floods: Deadly torrential rains hit Rio de Janeiro

A bus is left destroyed by a fallen tree Image copyright Reuters

At least nine people have been killed by flash floods in Rio de Janeiro.

The mayor has declared a crisis after the Brazilian city was battered by heavy rain on Monday and Tuesday.

More than 31cm of rain (13 inches) fell in some parts of the city within 24 hours, the mayor's office said.

View of a flooded section of Copacabana beach Image copyright AFP

Roads were closed by flooding and fallen trees. Large parts of the city have been affected including Copacabana beach.

A man drives his motorcycle through flood waters Image copyright Reuters

Residents have been warned to go outside only if they absolutely need to.

A man takes water out of the driveway of his home Image copyright Getty Images

Mayor Marcelo Crivella said that the rains were "abnormal". He added that the worst affected areas were the southern and western zones of the city.

Firefighters work in a flooded underground tunnel Image copyright EPA

Firefighters were searching for people who may have been trapped in flooded cars.

A firefighter retrieves a licence plate from a submerged car Image copyright Getty Images

People have been told to avoid walking in flooded streets as the water may be contaminated.

People climb along a fence to pass a flooded area Image copyright AFP

Over 5,000 people are working to minimise problems caused by the weather, the mayor said. Landslides are one of the risks facing residents following the heavy rain.

In November, 10 people, including at least one child, were killed in a landslide caused by flash flooding in Rio de Janeiro state.

Firefighters and volunteers take part in a rescue operation after a mudslide Image copyright AFP

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