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Latino Daily News

Thursday January 13, 2011

Walls of Water and Mud Sweep Through Rio de Janeiro, Killing 350 with Many Missing

At least 350 people have died and scores of people are missing when walls of earth and water hit the northern mountain regions of Rio de Janeiro yesterday.

Today people are scrambling to find the missing and trapped under tons of mud affecting people in Brazil that make their homes on precarious mountain sides.  Most of those homes were swept downhill as mudslides from 10 inches of rain coming down in less than a 24 hour period loosened the earth.

Many of the affected areas are not near major cities and are about 40 miles north of Rio, therefore sending help has been difficult.  President Dilma Rousseff, handling her first natural disaster in the country, flew over the devastated region early today.