At least 13 people were killed and many were missing after a cyclone tore through southern Brazil.

The government of Rio Grande do Sul state, which borders Argentina and Uruguay, in a statement said According to the state branch of Protection and Civil Defense, 13 people died from the effects of the cyclone.

A total of 2,330 people were left with damaged houses and 602 were evacuated from areas at risk due to the passage of the cyclone between Thursday and Friday.

Rio Grande do Sul governor Eduardo Leite visited the worst-affected areas by helicopter together with government and rescue officials.

Brazil has been hit by a series of deadly weather disasters in recent years, which experts say are being made worse by climate change.

At least 65 people died in February when torrential rain triggered floods and landslides in the southeastern state of Sao Paulo.