18 Jan '11, 2pm

A week on, Brazil still counting dead from floods

ITAIPAVA, Brazil: A week after the deadliest mudslides in its history which killed nearly 700 people, Brazil on Tuesday was still counting the dead and struggling to bring aid to survivors. The death toll kept climbing as emergency crews finally managed to pass some blocked roads to recover bodies from remote villages in the Serrana region near Rio de Janeiro. As of late Tuesday, a total of 680 dead had been tallied, according to officials. At least another 200 people were missing. Seven hundred military personnel have been sent to the disaster zone, to help 800 emergency workers already there, fanning out by four-wheel-drive or helicopter to reach isolated communities, several of which were wiped off the map. "I'm never going back there to live. Death will always be in that place," one survivor rescued from the village of Vale de Cuiaba, Roberto Fabiano Augusto, told AFP ...

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