The number of fatalities caused by the torrential rains last week in the Brazilian municipality of Itaoca in Sao Paulo state climbed to 22, while another five people are still missing, authorities said.
Maj. Walter Nyakas Junior, director of Civil Defense in Sao Paulo, told reporters that in the night between Friday and Saturday, more bodies were recovered from the mud that piled up during the floods caused by the rains.
One person remains hospitalized, according to Nyakas, while around 100 residents of Itaoca are still evacuated from their homes.
A team of 15 firefighers and their search dogs continued looking Saturday for the five missing persons.
Sao Paulo’s government decreed this Friday a state of public disaster in Itaoca, a small municipality some 225 kilometers (140 miles) from the regional capital.