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Floods in Brazil point to climate change: Lula

Source:  Copyright 2009, Agence France-Presse
Date:  May 11, 2009
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Flooding that has left 44 dead in northern Brazil and the worst drought in eight decades in the south of the country are signs of climate change, Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said Monday.

"Brazil is feeling climate changes that are happening in the world, when there is a deep drought in a place where there's never been one, when it rains in places where it never rains," he said in his weekly radio program.

He was speaking as northern Brazil struggled with flooding that left more than 180,000 people homeless in a region better known for being dry. The government has estimated the damage at 500 million dollars.

Two southern states were, meanwhile, victim of a drought that has affected much of Brazil's cereal output.

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