Brazil Mudslide: How Many People Have Died So Far?

Brazil Mudslide

A piece of said news has hit a part of the Brazilian country after heavy downpours in the afternoon, when the city recorded some 6 cm (2.36 inches) of rain, caused even more soil instability, and disrupted efforts to find survivors and clean up the debris. Up to 4 cm of rain is expected overnight in the region, according to meteorologists.

More than 24 hours after the deadly deluge early Tuesday, survivors were digging to find lost loved ones. Rio de Janeiro’s public prosecutors’ office said in a statement Wednesday night that it had compiled a list of 35 people yet to be located.

Footage posted on social media showed torrents dragging cars and houses through the streets and water swirling through the city. One video showed two buses sinking into a swollen river as its passengers clambered out the windows, scrambling for safety. Some didn’t make it to the banks and were washed away, out of sight.

Brazil Mudslides: How Many People Have Died So Far?

As of the time of this writing, 117 have died from the floods and landslides that swept down the mountain city of Petropolis.

The Rio de Janeiro state government confirmed the rising loss of life, with many feared buried in the mud beneath the German-influenced city nestled in the mountains above the city of Rio de Janeiro.


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