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World Cup host city Natal declare flood alert ahead of US and Ghana clash

Published 15/06/2014 | 18:28

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A man looks at the site of houses destroyed by a landslide in Mae Luiza, near Natal, June 15, 2014. At least 25 houses were completely destroyed by a landslide in Mae Luiza neighborhood in Natal World Cup host city after a record amount of rain fall in 48 hours.   REUTERS/Toru Hanai (BRAZIL  - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP ENVIRONMENT DISASTER)
A man looks at the site of houses destroyed by a landslide in Mae Luiza, near Natal, June 15, 2014. At least 25 houses were completely destroyed by a landslide in Mae Luiza neighborhood in Natal World Cup host city after a record amount of rain fall in 48 hours. REUTERS/Toru Hanai
A boy looks at the site of houses destroyed by a landslide in Mae Luiza, near Natal, June 15, 2014.  At least 25 houses were completely destroyed by a landslide in Mae Luiza neighborhood in Natal World Cup host city after a record amount of rain fall in 48 hours.   REUTERS/Toru Hanai (BRAZIL  - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP ENVIRONMENT DISASTER)
A boy looks at the site of houses destroyed by a landslide in Mae Luiza, near Natal, June 15, 2014. At least 25 houses were completely destroyed by a landslide in Mae Luiza neighborhood in Natal World Cup host city after a record amount of rain fall in 48 hours. REUTERS/Toru Hanai
The site of houses destroyed by a landslide in Mae Luiza, near Natal, June 15, 2014. At least 25 houses were completely destroyed by a landslide in Mae Luiza neighborhood in Natal World Cup host city after a record amount of rain fall in 48 hours.   REUTERS/Toru Hanai (BRAZIL  - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP ENVIRONMENT DISASTER)
The site of houses destroyed by a landslide in Mae Luiza, near Natal, June 15, 2014. At least 25 houses were completely destroyed by a landslide in Mae Luiza neighborhood in Natal World Cup host city after a record amount of rain fall in 48 hours. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

Officials in the World Cup host city of Natal have declared a flood alert ahead of the US team's debut match against Ghana in the north-eastern Brazilian city.

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Natal's City Hall declared the alert late yesterday, following two days of near-continuous rains that reached the area's average for the entire month of June. More rains are expected throughout today.

The US-Ghana match is scheduled for tomorrow afternoon.

The statement from Natal's City Hall says no deaths or injuries have been reported in the flooding, but residents of two buildings were evacuated as a precaution. Local news reports showed images of a huge crater in a residential street.

The southern Brazilian regions of Parana and Mato Grosso do Sul have also been hit by recent flooding.

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