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Flash floods kill more than 400 near Rio de Janeiro

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2011-01-13

Mudslides and floods triggered by sudden, heavy rain have swept away entire neighbourhoods in a mountainous tourist area near Rio, killing at least 432 people, according to news reports, while officials warned the death toll is likely to rise.

AFP - At least 432 people have been killed in torrential floods and landslides which swept down hillsides outside Rio de Janeiro, GloboNews television said Thursday.

Most of the deaths were recorded in the town of Nova Friburgo, some 140 kilometers (90 miles) north of Rio.

The town of Terespolis, some 100 kilometers (60 miles) from Rio registered 175 victims and the neighboring town of Petropolis 39 deaths.

There were also 17 people killed in another small town of Sumidouro, the television channel reported.

Officials warned the death toll, in what is now Brazil's worst natural disaster in decades, was set to rise as rescue teams manage to reach the stricken towns.
 

Date created : 2011-01-13

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