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Jan. 1 - Multiple landslides and subsequent flooding in Southeast Brazil have killed more than 64 people. Authorities in Rio de Janeiro and Angra dos Reis have stated that the death toll could double as dead bodies are recovered. Triggered by 10 inches of rainfall that fell in Brazil from earlier in the week, mudslides have been reported in 80 different places. Hundreds of Brazilians die annually in mudslides that damage the slums located on hillsides; however, the dual mudslides on New Year's Day hit upscale hotels and wealthy tourist areas and homes.
Jan. 2 - Two separate train collisions in northern India killed 10 passengers and injured 47 passengers. The first of the crashes took place near Etawah when a train collided with a parked train while entering the station. Although there were no deaths in this collision, 10 people were injured. The second crash occurred near Kanpur, killing 10 passengers and leaving many seriously injured. The two accidents were due to a dense fog and not human error, according to Indian railway official N.K. Srivastava.
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