Thousands affected as severe rains hit Brazil
Cold weather and intense rain storms have affected 30,000 people in Brazil's southern states of Paraná, Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul.
The National Institute of Meteorology has issued a high danger alert in the states, warning residents of the risk of flooding, landslides, lightning and hail. Hundreds of people across the states have been displaced and thousands of homes and public buildings have been affected. Read more: riotimesonline.com