Burst dike forces thousands to flee Brazil town

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Posted: Jan 05, 2012 1:15 PM
Burst dike forces thousands to flee Brazil town

Civil defense officials say they are evacuating an entire town after floodwaters burst a nearby dike in southeastern Brazil.

The Civil Defense department of Rio de Janeiro state says the waters of the Muriae River are expected to reach the town of Tres Vendas by Thursday afternoon and its 4,000 residents are being taken to temporary shelters.

Elsewhere in Rio de Janeiro state, another 4,000 people were forced to leave their homes and three people were killed by heavy rains and mudslides in recent days.

The civil defense department of neighboring Minas Gerais state says more than 10,000 people have left their homes. Eight people there were killed in floodwaters or mudslides.