Skip to main content

Ruptured water line floods neighborhood in Brazil, killing child and injuring others

By CNN Staff
July 31, 2013 -- Updated 0241 GMT (1041 HKT)
Rescue workers navigate the flooded neighborhood of Campo Grande on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Wednesday.
Rescue workers navigate the flooded neighborhood of Campo Grande on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Wednesday.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The burst water line flooded a neighborhood with waist-high water
  • A child died in the flood
  • More than 100 families were forced from their homes

(CNN) -- A 3-year-old girl was killed and at least a dozen people were injured Tuesday when a water line burst in western Rio de Janeiro, sending a powerful jet of water up into the air and flooding an entire neighborhood.

Brazilian television showed images of people wading through waist-high water, rescue workers in inflatable boats and houses that appeared to have crumbled in the flood.

The water company Cedae said it had temporarily shut off the water supply to the Campo Grande suburb and was investigating the cause of the rupture.

The governor's office said it would pay for hotels for the more than 100 families forced out of their homes.

ADVERTISEMENT
Part of complete coverage on
October 23, 2014 -- Updated 1756 GMT (0156 HKT)
Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, shot while standing guard at Ottawa's National War Memorial, was known for his easygoing manner and smile.
October 22, 2014 -- Updated 2006 GMT (0406 HKT)
Non-stop chatter about actress' appearance is nasty, cruel, hurtful, invasive and sexist.
October 22, 2014 -- Updated 2058 GMT (0458 HKT)
Air New Zealand's new 'Hobbit' safety video stars Peter Jackson, Elijah Wood, elves and orcs.
October 23, 2014 -- Updated 1414 GMT (2214 HKT)
A 15-year-old pregnant girl is rescued from slavery, only to be charged with having sex outside of marriage, shocked rights activists say -- a charge potentially punishable by death.
October 22, 2014 -- Updated 0333 GMT (1133 HKT)
After sushi and ramen, beef is on the list of must-eats for many visitors to Japan.
October 20, 2014 -- Updated 1607 GMT (0007 HKT)
Airports judged on comfort, conveniences, cleanliness and customer service.
October 22, 2014 -- Updated 1748 GMT (0148 HKT)
Scientists use CT scans to recreate a life-size image of the ancient king.
October 22, 2014 -- Updated 0959 GMT (1759 HKT)
Despite billions spent on eradicating poppy production, Afghan farmers are growing bumper crops, a U.S. government report says.
October 20, 2014 -- Updated 1319 GMT (2119 HKT)
With so many new attractions on the way, the next few years are going to be a roller coaster ride.
October 16, 2014 -- Updated 0429 GMT (1229 HKT)
Thomas Malthus famously predicted that rising populations would create a food crunch: Could this be true?
October 18, 2014 -- Updated 1033 GMT (1833 HKT)
From "Sick Man of Europe" to the world's fourth largest economy.
October 23, 2014 -- Updated 1153 GMT (1953 HKT)
Each day, CNN brings you an image capturing a moment to remember, defining the present in our changing world.
Browse through images from CNN teams around the world that you don't always see on news reports.
ADVERTISEMENT