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Floods hit World Cup host city in southern Brazil

A general overview of the Arena da Baixada during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Host City Tour on May 21, 2014 in Curitiba, Brazil. It was unclear if floods that have driven close to 13,000 people from their homes in the state of Parana affected the stadium, which will host the first of four games on Monday.
A general overview of the Arena da Baixada during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Host City Tour on May 21, 2014 in Curitiba, Brazil. It was unclear if floods that have driven close to 13,000 people from their homes in the state of Parana affected the stadium, which will host the first of four games on Monday.
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Brazilian authorities say floods have driven close to 13,000 people from their homes in the southern state of Parana.

The state's civil defense department says in a statement that floods have hit 132 cities, including the state capital of Curitiba, a World Cup host city.

It was unclear if the floods affected Arena da Baixada stadium, which will host the first of four games on Monday. The World Cup Organizing Committee did not immediately respond to a request for information.

At least nine people have been killed by the floods and 30 injured, the civil defense department said.