Brasilia, Jan 28 (Jagran News Network): The Brazil government plans to set up 8,000 houses to give free to victims of floods and landslides in Rio de Janeiro state this month, announced President Rousseff at a joint press conference with Rio de Janeiro state Governor Sergio Cabral.

President Dilma Rousseff said 6,000 homes would be in the account of the state and federal governments. The rest would be donated by a group of construction companies, reported the BBC on Friday.

The government would also invest in flood prevention measures in view of the death toll of above 830 in the floods and landslides. Moreover, they struck in a mountainous region north of Rio de Janeiro. Another 540 people are still missing.

"Their pain is insurmountable, and their loss has no price, but this initiative can improve the situation a little," said the President.

Rousseff said her government was also acting to prevent any repeat of the disaster, by monitoring areas that were prone to disasters like flood and landslides and clamping down on unauthorised building in danger zones.

Federal money is also being made available to reconstruct roads, bridges and fund drainage and hillside stabilisation projects.