The death toll is rising as heavy rains continue to lash southern Brazil, driving floodwaters higher. The storms and flooding in the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul have killed at least 78 people, local authorities said on Sunday, with more than 115 000 people displaced. Volunteers using boats, jet skis – and even swimming – have assisted in rescue efforts. In the state capital, Porto Alegre, Fabiano Saldanha said he and three friends used jet skis to save about 50 people from the floodwaters since Friday. Photos: BBC, Al Jazeera

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