Floods and mudslides kill 15 people in and around Sao Paulo

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This aerial photo shows an area of Franco da Rocha, inundated with flood water, in the greater Sao Paulo area, Brazil, Friday, March 11, 2016. Brazilian officials say mudslides and flooding caused by heavy downpours killed at least 16 people including a 4-year-old boy in low income neighborhoods on the outskirts of Sao Paulo. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
In this aerial photo, an amusement park is surrounded by flood water in Franco da Rocha, in the greater Sao Paulo area, Brazil, Friday, March 11, 2016. Brazilian officials say mudslides and flooding caused by heavy downpours killed at least 16 people including a 4-year-old boy in low income neighborhoods on the outskirts of Sao Paulo. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
In this aerial photo, vehicles sit parked in flood water in front of the city council chamber in Franco da Rocha, in the greater Sao Paulo area, Brazil, Friday, March 11, 2016. Brazilian officials say mudslides and flooding caused by heavy downpours killed at least 16 people including a 4-year-old boy in low income neighborhoods on the outskirts of Sao Paulo. (AP Photo/Andre Penner))
This aerial photo shows an area of Franco da Rocha, inundated with flood water, in the greater Sao Paulo area, Brazil, Friday, March 11, 2016. Brazilian officials say mudslides and flooding caused by heavy downpours killed at least 16 people including a 4-year-old boy in low income neighborhoods on the outskirts of Sao Paulo. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
Rescue workers search for survivors in the debris of a house partially destroyed by a mudslide, in Mairipora, in the greater Sao Paulo area, Brazil, Friday, March 11, 2016. Brazilian officials say mudslides and flooding caused by heavy downpours killed at least 16 people including a 4-year-old boy in low income neighborhoods on the outskirts of Sao Paulo. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
In this aerial photo a man maneuvers a kayak through flood water in Franco da Rocha, in the greater Sao Paulo area, Brazil, Friday, March 11, 2016. Brazilian officials say mudslides and flooding caused by heavy downpours killed at least 16 people including a 4-year-old boy in low income neighborhoods on the outskirts of Sao Paulo. (AP Photo/Andre Penner
This aerial photo shows an area of Franco da Rocha, inundated with flood water, in the greater Sao Paulo area, Brazil, Friday, March 11, 2016. Brazilian officials say mudslides and flooding caused by heavy downpours killed at least 16 people including a 4-year-old boy in low income neighborhoods on the outskirts of Sao Paulo. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
This aerial photo shows a portion of Franco da Rocha inundated with flood water, in the greater Sao Paulo area, Brazil, Friday, March 11, 2016. Brazilian officials say mudslides and flooding caused by heavy downpours killed at least 16 people including a 4-year-old boy in low income neighborhoods on the outskirts of Sao Paulo. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
This aerial photo shows a truck driving through a flooded street in Franco da Rocha, in the greater Sao Paulo area, Brazil, Friday, March 11, 2016. Brazilian officials say mudslides and flooding caused by heavy downpours killed at least 16 people including a 4-year-old boy in low income neighborhoods on the outskirts of Sao Paulo. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
Rescue workers search for survivors in the debris of a house partially destroyed by a mudslide, in Mairipora, in the greater Sao Paulo area, Brazil, Friday, March 11, 2016. Brazilian officials say mudslides and flooding caused by heavy downpours killed at least 16 people including a 4-year-old boy in low income neighborhoods on the outskirts of Sao Paulo. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
This aerial photo shows a portion of Franco da Rocha inundated with flood water, in the greater Sao Paulo area, Brazil, Friday, March 11, 2016. Brazilian officials say mudslides and flooding caused by heavy downpours killed at least 16 people including a 4-year-old boy in low income neighborhoods on the outskirts of Sao Paulo. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
This aerial photo shows a portion of Franco da Rocha inundated with flood water, in the greater Sao Paulo area, Brazil, Friday, March 11, 2016. Brazilian officials say mudslides and flooding caused by heavy downpours killed at least 16 people including a 4-year-old boy in low income neighborhoods on the outskirts of Sao Paulo. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
People wade through a flooded street at the Gavea neighborhood after heavy rains in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, March 12, 2016. Authorities in Rio declared state of crisis after torrential rains flooded parts of the city late Saturday leaving cars, buses and residents stranded. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
A man holds onto a fence as he tries to move away from a flooded street at the Jardim Botanico neighborhood after heavy rains in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, March 12, 2016. Authorities in Rio declared state of crisis after torrential rains flooded parts of the city late Saturday leaving cars, buses and residents stranded. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
People look out from a bus stranded in flood water at the Jardim Botanico neighborhood after heavy rains in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, March 12, 2016. Authorities in Rio declared state of crisis after torrential rains flooded parts of the city late Saturday leaving cars, buses and residents stranded. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
A car sits in a flooded street at the Gavea neighborhood after heavy rains in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, March 12, 2016. Authorities in Rio declared state of crisis after torrential rains flooded parts of the city late Saturday leaving cars, buses and residents stranded. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
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(Reuters) - At least 15 people have died in flooding and mudslides in and around Brazil's largest city, Sao Paulo, officials said on Friday.

There were also reports of more people missing following the heavy rains that began late Thursday and continued Friday, but firefighters could not confirm exactly how many.

Sao Paulo firefighters said they had recovered the bodies of 15 people, all but two having been killed in mudslides in the outskirts of the Sao Paulo metropolitan area.

Traffic in Brazil's economic hub was thrown into chaos, while the downpour closed the international airport for six hours overnight.

(Reporting by Brad Brooks; editing by Grant McCool)

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