Bridge in Brazil breaks and falls into river

Footage shows a man narrowly avoiding falling into a river after a highway bridge collapses in southern Brazil on Tuesday.

Heavy rains caused massive flooding in Rio Grande do Sul state, leaving 39 people dead and 68 still missing, local authorities said.

Tens of thousands of people have been evacuated from their homes, with power and water outages occurring.

On Thursday, a hydroelectric dam between the cities of Cotipora and Bento Gonçalves collapsed, sending waves as high as 2 meters (6.6 feet) and submerging the towns.

Extreme weather events are caused by a rare combination of higher than average temperatures, high humidity, and strong winds.

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