SAO PAULO, Brazil (AP) - The chaos from epic flooding in
northern Brazil has eased, with the number of homeless dropping
from more than 300,000 to 265,000.
Officials say people have started heading back home in some of the 10 states affected by the floods - an affected area three times the size of Alaska. But the death toll rose by two to 42 because
two people who went swimming drowned in a torrent.
Rain was still falling Tuesday in some parts of the zone
stretching from the Amazon to normally dry northeastern Brazil. And
officials are still trying to get aid to hard-hit areas.
The flooding is the worst in at least two decades. It was blamed on an Atlantic Ocean weather system that usually moves on in March but didn't budge this year.