The dead have yet to be identified. Many were buried by landslides or in the debris of collapsed houses, which in many poorer parts of Brazil are shoddily built.
The death toll caused by record rainfall in southeastern Brazil jumped to 53 on Sunday and officials expressed alarm about continuing storms.
At least 44 people had died in the state of Minas Gerais and nine more in neighboring Espirito Santo, according to local disaster officials, who said 19 people remained missing.
Some 20,000 people had been evacuated due to the threat of floods and landslides.
Due to the high volume of rain in some regions of ES, Brazil, residents are on full alert pic.twitter.com/qJ2bLCFn5C— C. Mendes ️🌈♀️ (@ClaudetteMendes) January 26, 2020
The capital of Minas Gerais state, Belo Horizonte, recorded 171 millimeters in one 24-hour period from Thursday to Friday, the highest rainfall in 110 years.
State Governor Gustavo Zema declared a state of emergency in 99 cities, a measure meant to facilitate federal disaster aid.
He also decreed three days of official mourning for those killed in the floods and landslides.
Flooding in Brazil. pic.twitter.com/nxA2jq19ZN— Leonardo Jacobs (@_leolionheart_) January 26, 2020
Authorities in Espirito Santo said they were on maximum alert" due to the forecast of more rain for Sunday.
In the city of Alegre, officials warned that a dam was in danger of breaking and urged people living below to evacuate.
Another 2,000 people were evacuated in the Rio de Janeiro state city of Itaperuna.