Intense rains, flash flooding, and mudslides have killed at least 39 people in Brazil.
A state of emergency has been called in parts of the country -- still reeling from heavy rains that began last week.
The National Guard and Army have been called in to assist in rescue efforts.
Mudslides have completely destroyed homes -- with some residents buried alive.
One father was able to save his daughter and another trapped girl.
LOCAL RESIDENT RESPONSIBLE FOR SAVING TWO CHILDREN THAT WERE BURIED, LEANDRO, SAYING:
"When I heard a noise, there was no more time for anything. I was pushing against the wall but got buried as well. I managed to find a piece of wood and grab onto it so I could pull my body free. I heard my daughter asking for help and when I freed her I heard another girl crying for help. I got her out as well."
Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff says saving lives is the top priority.
BRAZILIAN PRESIDENT DILMA ROUSSEFF, SAYING:
"You have to save people and then guarantee them shelter. This is what you do in when confronting a disaster. The first and most important priority, that which is most precious is human life. That's what we worry about saving first."
Many families have lost everything -- with some 50,000 people now displaced