Rainstorms began Thursday, leading to deadly landslides in the region. The amount of rain recorded in the last 48 hours was the highest recorded in Angra dos Reis, according to the city government.
At least four other people were injured – none seriously – after seven houses were hit by landslides in the coastal community of Ponta Negra, according to Paraty officials. More than 22 neighborhoods were flooded and 71 families were displaced.
In Mesquita municipality, a 38-year-old man was electrocuted to death after three days of heavy rainfall, CNN Brazil reported.
In the town of Angra dos Reis, a 4-year-old girl and a teenager were killed and at least nine people were missing, the affiliated company reported, citing civil defense and fire officials. Five people were rescued.
Rio de Janeiro state firefighters and civil defense authorities are deployed in the affected cities to help rescue people. The Civil Defense does not have an estimate of how many have been missing so far.
Brazil’s Interior Ministry said Colonel Alexandre Lucas, the national secretary of civil defense and protection, was traveling to the region’s most affected areas on Saturday.