Just as the waters start to subside Down Under, torrential rains are wreacking havoc on another commodity-rich region.In southeastern Brazil, sudden and heavy floods and mudslides have swept away homes and left survivors stranded this week.
At least 355 people are counted dead so far the Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro.
The rains have also paralysed the streets of Sao Paulo, Brazil’s financial capital, where 21 people died in flash floods and mudslides since Sunday, according to the AP.
A rescue worker walks among debris after landslides at Caleme neighbourhood in Teresopolis, Brazil, Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011. The mudslides killed at least 350 people and dozens more are missing. The mayor of Teresopolis said in a statement Wednesday that more than 1,000 have been left homeless. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
A river of mud and water flows through the streets of Teresopolis, a mountain town 40 miles north of Rio.
People walk among debris after landslides at Caleme neighbourhood in Teresopolis, Brazil, Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011. Nearly all the homes in their Caleme neighbourhood were swept to the bottom of a hill. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
People stand by the bodies of mudslide victims after heavy rain in the neighbourhood of Caleme in Teresopolis, Brazil, Wednesday Jan. 12, 2011. (AP Photo/Paulo Cezar, Agencia O Globo)
Vehicles sit a flooded avenue after heavy rains in Sao Paulo, Brazil, early Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011. This week's rains immobilized Brazil's biggest city. (AP Photo/Nelson Antoine)
Residents, one carrying a girl on his shoulders, walk on a flooded street at Vila Itaim neighbourhood in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011. Such disasters hit Brazil annually in its rainy summer season and unduly punish the poor. (AP Photo/Nelson Antoine)
Maria Carlota, 37, poses for pictures at the entrance of her flooded house at Vila Itaim neighbourhood in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011. Sao Paulo state civil defence officials say 11 people died when their houses collapsed because of mudslides. (AP Photo/Nelson Antoine)
Residents stand at the entrance of a house on a flooded street at Vila Itaim neighbourhood in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011. Painted on walls, from left, a South Korean flag, a Brazilian flag and a South African flag. The disaster poses a significant challenge to Latin America's largest country, set to host the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics. (AP Photo/Nelson Antoine)
In this frame grab from video is seen an aerial view of a mudslide in Teresopolis, Brazil, Wednesday Jan. 12, 2011. The death toll is expected to rise as firefighters reach remote valleys and steep mountainsides where neighborhoods were destroyed by mudslides and flooding, said Jorge Mario Sedlacek, the mayor of Teresopolis, a mountain town just north of Rio. (AP Photo/TV Globo, Agencia O Globo)
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