Posted at 09:49 AM ET, 01/05/2012

Brazil flooding triggers landslides (video)

 Heavy rains in southeast Brazil caused severe flooding on Wednesday, triggering landslides and leaving at least seven people dead. More than 10,000 people are now homeless, the BBC reports.

A landslide in Brazil this week. (YouTube)
Authorities declared more than 60 towns in the southeast and second most populous state of Minas Gerais a state of emergency.

Flooding is common in this part of Brazil during the rainy season, though this year’s rains have been accompanied by some scary scenes. In the town of Ouro Preto, for example, designated a world heritage site by UNESCO for its baroque architecture, two taxi drivers were killed by a landslide after it destroyed a nearby bus station.

Some residents have uploaded video of the landslides to YouTube, including Brazil resident Bismarck Lacerda, who wrote as a caption: “Water coming ... with great force!” Watch:

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