Authorities in Brazil said Sunday that floods and landslides caused by torrential rain killed at least 36 people during Carnival weekend in southeast Sao Paulo state.
Social media and TV footage from Sao Sebastiao showed thousands of homes under water, debris from hillside houses carried away by oozing earth, flooded highways, and cars devastated by fallen trees, among other damages.
According to the state government, at least 35 people died in Sao Sebastiao. According to news reports, a girl was also killed in the town of Ubatuba.
Reports state that 228 people were displaced and 338 were forced to evacuate in the coastline north of Sao Paulo, according to the state government, as rescue crews raced to assist those affected by the storm.