The heavy floods have resulted in a dam break in Piaui that caused 5 deaths, bringing the total number of deaths due to the floods to 56 and causing 426,886 people to be displaced.
Reuters AlertNet 2009/05/13
Floods and mudslides in northeastern Brazil have killed around 40 people, left hundreds of thousands homeless and devastated swathes of farmland.
About 270 towns and communities in 10 states have been flooded by swollen rivers. About one-third of the deaths have occurred in Ceara state in the northeastern part of the country, officials said.