RIO DE JANEIRO, May 29 (Xinhua) -- Seven people have died and 48,000 others displaced after heavy flood hit northern Brazil, authorities announced Monday.
In the state of Pernambuco which was most affected, two people died,over 44,000 were displaced, homes of 2,600 were destroyed, and 15 towns were declared state of calamity on Sunday.
In Alagoas state, five people, including a child, were killed.
It has been raining in Pernambuco and Alagoas states for several days. In addition to the flood, the storm also triggered mudslide in the two states as well as in Paraiba state.
Brazilian President Michel Temer visited areas affected by the flood on Sunday and met with Pernambuco State Governor Paulo Camara.
The president authorized the shipping of humanitarian aid to both states and committed to releasing a credit line of 600 million reals (183 million U.S. dollars) to the affected states.