Firefighters, a soldier and residents carry the body of a landslide victim from a home where the bodies of eight family members were found Thursday in Nova Friburgo, Rio de Janeiro state. ((Felipe Dana/Associated Press))

The Rio de Janeiro state government and local construction companies are reportedly teaming up to provide housing for hundreds of victims of the state's devastating floods and mudslides.

Brazilian news media report that the partnership will donate 2,000 houses.

Luiz Fernando Pezao, the state's vice-governor, is quoted by O Globo newspaper in its Sunday edition as saying that the government will donate the land and the companies will help build the houses. The information could not be confirmed immediately.

More than 6,000 people lost their homes in floods and mudslides earlier this month that killed 799 people in Rio's mountainous region.

The Brussels-based International Disaster Database says it was Brazil's deadliest natural disaster since 1900.