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Friday, January 14, 2011

Massive Lethal Floods In Brazil 350 Dead

More than 350 people have been killed after floods and landslides devastated towns and villages in a mountainous area near Rio de Janeiro.

The death toll is going to climb a lot. There are a lot of people buried who can't get help because rescue teams can't get there," Mario said, adding that three of the town's neighborhoods were destroyed by the flooding.

Rescuers are trying to find survivors in cut-off areas of south-eastern Brazil hit by deadly floods that have left more than 350 people dead.

One woman held a dog in the ruins of her house as powerful waters tore at the remaining walls. She grabbed a rope thrown by residents from a nearby rooftop and was eventually pulled to safety, after dropping the dog into the vicious current.

The government of President Dilma Rousseff made R$780m (£296m) available in emergency aid to help the affected regions.
Heavy rains are common in south east Brazil during the country's summer season but have been unusually high this year even before the tragedies of this week.

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