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Landslides Kill 68 in Rio State

By Mark Beresford, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO - The state government of Rio de Janeiro has closed off part of the popular tourist destination of Ilha Grande, following a series of landslides that have caused at least 68 deaths in the state, blocked roads across the coastal regions of Rio and Sao Paulo, and cast a shadow over the New Year celebrations.

There have so far been 47 confirmed deaths in the coastal area of Angra dos Reis, including 29 victims on the Praia do Bananal, in the north of the popular backpacker island Ilha Grande, where shortly after midnight . . .

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