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Landslide Wipes Out Homes in World Cup Host City

Image: Man looks at the site of house destroyed by a landslide in Mae Luiza near Nata
A man looks at the site of houses destroyed by a landslide in Mae Luiza, near Natal, June 15. At least 25 houses were completely destroyed by a landslide in Mae Luiza neighborhood in Natal World Cup host city after a record amount of rain fall in 48 hours. TORU HANAI / Reuters

At least 25 houses were completely destroyed by a landslide in the World Cup host city of Natal after a record amount of rain fall in 48 hours.

The city was host to the U.S.-Ghana World Cup soccer match on Monday at the Dunas Arena on Monday.

Torrential rains had plagued the city for days before the match, according to The Weather Channel, leading Natal's mayor Carlos Eduardo to announce a state of emergency in the city. Nearly 9 inches of rain fell in Natal from 8 a.m. Saturday to 8 a.m. Sunday alone.

Above, a man looks at the site of houses destroyed by a landslide in the Mae Luiza neighborhood of Natal, on Sunday.

Image: Lhe aftermath of a landslide that destroyed several homes in Natal, Brazil
The aftermath of a landslide that destroyed several homes in Natal, Brazil, on June 16. NEY DOUGLAS / EPA