Thursday, January 13, 2011

At Least 350 Dead From Floods and Mudslides in Brazil

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Floods, Mudslides in Brazil Kill at Least 350

Heavy rain and mudslides in the mountainous towns of Nova Friburgo, Teresopolis and Petropolis in southeastern Brazil has claimed at least 350 lives, and that toll is expected to rise as an uncounted number are still missing. Parts of Teresopolis have not yet been reached by rescuers. Homes were decimated as rains submerged the area Thursday in what Teresopolis mayor Jorge Mario Sedlacek called "a huge catastrophe, a major disaster," according to Globo television.

President Dilma Rousseff is expected to fly over the area and release some $480 million in emergency relief funds. Phone and power lines are cut off, and there is no drinking water for many stranded in the flood zone.

The area received an estimated 10 inches of rain in less than 24 hours, an amount roughly equal to a month's rainfall, leading to massive mudslides.

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