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Wednesday
Jul272011

Landslides Kill More than 20 in South Korea

Ryan McVay/Getty Images(SEOUL, South Korea) -- Landslides triggered by torrential rains over the past two days have killed at least 22 people in South Korea, emergency officials said Wednesday.

The Korea Herald reports Chuncheon as being the hardest hit, with at least 13 people dying when several residential buildings were destroyed in a landslide.  At least 20 more were injured, four of them critically.

Emergency officials said most of the victims of the Chuncheon landslide were students from Incheon's Inha University who were doing volunteer work in the area. The cabin in which they were staying was reportedly engulfed by a raging river of mud, according to the Lethbridge Herald.

Over 50 miles away at the capital of Seoul, a separate landslide left at least nine people dead.

South Korea's disaster control agency said six people have been reported missing, according to The Korea Herald.

Search and rescue efforts are underway.

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Thursday
Jan132011

Hundreds Killed in Brazilian Floods, Mudslides

Photo Courtesy - Vanderlei Almeida/ AFP/Getty Images(TERESOPOLIS, Brazil) -- Heavy rains have triggered flooding and mudslides in Brazil, killing hundreds of people in the southeastern part of the country.

At least 168 people were reported dead in Nova Friburgo, 152 in Teresopolis and 36 in Petropolis, according to the BBC who cited Brazilian media reports.

Rescue crews continue searching for survivors, but more resources are needed Luiz Fernando Pezao, the deputy-governor of the state of Rio de Janeiro, said through a translator.

"The state governor has requested the Navy to give us some of their helicopters.  We've also asked them to bring more rescue workers and more gear," the translator said on behalf of Pezao.

More rain is forecast to fall in the region through this weekend.

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