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Heavy rain, landslides leave several dead on coast of Sao Paulo, Brazil

Heavy rain targeted the coastal communities of the state of São Paulo and southern Brazil Monday night, triggering landslides in the region.

Heavy rain targeted the coastal communities of the state of São Paulo and southern Brazil Monday night, triggering landslides in the region.

On Tuesday morning, the governor of São Paulo, João Doria, confirmed that at least 10 people were killed in the flooding and landslides in several municipalities of Baixada Santista.

Some of the most affected cities include Santos, São Vicente and Guarujá, all of which are about 56 km (35 miles) southeast of São Paulo.

According to Folha de S.Paulo, two of the deceased were firefighters, and as many as 44 people were missing

"A stalled front that was bringing heavy rain well north of São Paulo sagged south Monday night and Tuesday, bringing with it a dose of heavy rain," said AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Rob Miller.

According to Ultimo Segundo, in just 24 hour's time, a total of 272 mm (10.7 inches) of rain fell in the city of Guarujá.

Rain pooled on the roadways, stalling travel in much of the area.

One of the intercity transportation companies, EMTU, reported that crews were out clearing debris from the rail lines to get things back on schedule. VLT, also reported rail suspensions.

Elektro, one of the main electricity companies in the area, reported that the flooding and landslides affected the energy supply.