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At least 95 people have died in the Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro after the most torrential rain for decades caused landslides and flooding. A state of emergency has been declared and officials have warned the death toll may rise as many more are missing. At least 33 people died in Rio de Janeiro city after 28cm (11in) of rain fell in 24 hours, while 33 were killed in the neighbouring city of Niteroi.

Many houses in Rio's hillside shanty towns were buried under mudslides.Rescue teams have been scouring the city's hillsides to find missing people and recover bodies buried under the mud. With no let-up in the rain, President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has urged residents to leave their homes if they are at risk of flooding.Otherwise, the authorities have told people to stay indoors and avoid travelling around the city.

Authorities say the city of Rio de Janeiro's transport system is close to collapse, after traffic ground to a halt with many streets under water. "The situation is chaos," Mayor Eduardo da Costa Paes said in a statement on Tuesday. "All the major streets of the city are closed because of the floods.

"Each and every person who attempts to enter them will be at enormous risk," he warned. Mr Paes said the preparedness for heavy rainfall in Brazil's second-largest city - which will host the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games - was "less than zero".

Public schools will remain closed until at least Friday. State governor Sergio Cabral meanwhile declared a state of emergency and urged people in high-risk areas to leave their homes. He told TV Globo that to stay inside would be "irresponsible" given the risk of new landslides. The victims of shanty town landslides in the city of Rio de Janeiro included a five-month-old baby and a nine-year-old child, officials said.

BBC News website reader Antonio Queiroz Junior said it had started raining after 1700 (2000 GMT) on Monday, during the rush hour. It started raining after 5pm, right in the rush hour when people were trying to get back home from work. "It hasn't stopped raining since then," he said. "This is the worst storm in decades." He added: "The city has been abandoned by our government. The current situation is unacceptable, with so many people getting killed because of the rain. "Everybody knows the danger of living in the hills, and the government does nothing to stop more and more people building houses there."

Another reader in Rio de Janeiro, Duncan Crossley, said he had witnessed Rio de Janeiro "on the brink of collapse". He said the power had been cut in his neighbourhood at about midday, and that the storm had brought down huge trees, which along with the flooding were blocking major traffic arteries. "The streets were thick with mud," he wrote. "The city reminded me of a war zone."

President Lula, who was visiting the city on Tuesday, blamed local officials for not enforcing adequate building standards in areas prone to landslides, particularly in shanty towns. "All we can do is pray to God to hold back the rains a little, so that Rio can return to normal, and so that we can set about fixing the things in the city that need fixing," he told local radio. The president said the work would include improved drainage systems.

Rio de Janeiro state has experienced a particularly hot and rainy summer this year, and meteorologists have forecast more rain in the coming days. However, correspondents say heavy rain is more common in January than in April. In January, at least 39 people were killed by mudslides in the resort area of Angra dos Reis, half way between Rio de Janeiro and Santos

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President Lula, who was visiting the city on Tuesday, blamed local officials for not enforcing adequate building standards in areas prone to landslides, particularly in shanty towns

I've been to Rio and building standards don't exist in these dozens of Favelas shanty towns. Many are perched high on steep slopes right next to the shoreline. It's no suprise they got washed avay... poor souls.

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Apart from the view from the statute of Christ across the bay to Sugar Loaf Mountain Rio is one of the worst places in the world that I have been to. Like many big cities, desperate poverty and crime sit just yards from the tourist gloss of carnival town and it's infamous beaches (littered with sewage and hypodremics).

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