Brazil | At Least 94 Dead After Mudslides And Flooding in Petrópolis

Brazil | At Least 94 Dead After Mudslides And Flooding in Petrópolis

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At least 94 dead after mudslides and flooding in Brazil.

Petrópolis, Brazil | Local authorities say the death toll from recent mudslides and flooding in Petrópolis, in Rio de Janeiro state, has reached 94.

The mountainous region saw 10 inches (25.8 cm) of rain on Tuesday afternoon alone, which is near the total rainfall for the whole month prior according to state authorities. Search and rescue operations are underway.

Rubens Bomtempo, mayor of the German-influenced city nestled in the mountains, didn’t even offer an estimate for the number of people missing, with recovery efforts still ongoing.

“We don’t yet know the full scale of this,” Bomtempo said at a news conference Wednesday. “It was a hard day, a difficult day.”

More than 24 hours after the deadly deluge early Tuesday, survivors were digging to find lost loved ones. Rio de Janeiro’s public prosecutors’ office said in a statement Wednesday night that it had compiled a list of 35 people yet to be located.

Footage posted on social media showed torrents dragging cars and houses through the streets and water swirling through the city. One video showed two buses sinking into a swollen river as its passengers clambered out the windows, scrambling for safety. Some didn’t make it to the banks and were washed away, out of sight.

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