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Brazil floods ease, but 267K still homeless

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Thousands of Brazilians returned home Tuesday following devastating floods but water kept on rising in some places and civil defense officials used helicopters, trucks and boats to deliver aid to victims in isolated communities.

The death toll declined from 42 to 39 because some deaths were mistakenly classified as flood-related, said officials in the sprawling jungle state of Amazonas.

The number of homeless decreased from 300,000 to 267,000 as residents headed home in some of the 11 states affected by the floods - an area three times the size of Alaska. But waters were still rising in some places and authorities warned that the situation remained a threat because the weather forecast calls for more downpours. http://hosted.ap.org -

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