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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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