At least 28 people have been killed in the northeastern state of Pernambuco in the past 24 hours, authorities said.
A landslide caused by torrential rain killed nearly 30 people in the metropolitan area of Recife, the capital of northeastern Pernambuco state, authorities said.
“In the past 24 hours, 28 people have died,” Civil Defence said in a statement Saturday.
Civil protection officials tweeted that more than 760 people had been forced from their homes due to flooding in Pernambuco.
About 32,000 families in the state live in areas at risk of landslides or flooding, Lt. Col. Leonardo Rodriguez, executive secretary of Pernambuco’s civil protection agency, said in a video posted on Instagram.
Schools in the city of Recife have opened for homeless people.
In Alagoas, another state in the region, two people were killed in a river flood on Friday.
In Alagoas, the state government said 33 cities had declared a state of emergency due to heavy rains over the past few days.
Videos posted on social media showed flooded high streets, collapsed houses and landslides in several cities.
Parts of the Pernambuco capital received 236 mm (9 inches) of rain from Friday night to Saturday morning, according to the mayor’s office.
This equates to more than 70% of the city’s forecast for the entire month of May.
Pernambuco’s water and climate agency said the situation could worsen as the state continues to experience rain over the next 24 hours.