11 Jan '12, 3am

Mudslide caused by heavy rains kills at least 28 in Brazil

JAMAPARA, Brazil (AP) - A mudslide caused by two days of downpours has killed at least 13 people in a small town in south-eastern Brazil, and another 11 are listed as missing, the head of the Rio de Janeiro state civil defence department said Tuesday. Mr Sergio Simoes told CBN radio that five bodies were pulled from beneath tons of mud and debris on Tuesday, bringing the death toll in the Jamapara district of Sapucaia city to 13. Eight bodies were found on Monday. Among the missing are five members of a family whose car was caught in the mudslide as they were trying to get away from the area. Mr Simoes said mud loosened by the rains swallowed at least nine houses built on the hillside. 'This is a very difficult area, where another mudslide could happened at any moment,' he told CBN.

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