16 Jan '11, 3am

At least 610 people died from mudslides in Brazil, officials said - about 14,000 people have lost their homes

A volunteer carries packs of water for affected locals following a landslide in Caleme, outskirts of Teresopolis, 120km north of Rio de Janeiro. -- PHOTO: AFP RIO DE JANEIRO - DEVASTATING floods and mudslides in a mountainous region of Brazil near Rio de Janeiro has killed more than 610 people, Civil Defence officials said on Saturday. An estimated 14,000 people were assisted by rescue workers or lost their homes in the Serrana area towns hardest hit about 100km from coastal Rio, civil defence figures showed. The single hardest hit town was Nova Friburgo, where 274 people were killed. Nearby Teresopolis had 263 dead, 55 were killed in Petropolis and 18 lost their lives in Sumidouro, officials said. Workers transporting bodies said they feared the overall death toll could more than double as rescuers reached outlying hamlets in the country's worst flood disaster on record. ...

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