12 Jan '11, 6pm

Brazil floods, mudslides leave over 70 dead

TERESOPOLIS, Brazil: Days of flooding and mudslides have left as many as 250 people dead in southeast Brazil, with a mountainous region near Rio de Janeiro bearing the brunt on Wednesday. At least 237 people were reported to have died in the Serrana mountain region north of Rio on Tuesday and Wednesday after extremely heavy tropical rain sent hillsides sliding into towns and rivers broke their banks. "I've only ever seen this before on television. It's like a horror film. Houses, cars were carried away by torrents of water. It was terrifying," said a 55-year-old maid who gave her first name as Angela. The death toll climbed dramatically through the day as reinforced rescue teams totalling over 800 men finally managed to get through to devastated remote areas. A sharp rise, from 170 previously given by local authorities and media, came as the television station GloboNews co...

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