Over 1,300 feared dead in Rio flooding
Rio De Janeiro (AFP) Jan 27, 2011
More than two weeks after a deadly flooding disaster in a mountain range near Rio, officials said Thursday they fear the heavy rains have claimed a staggering 1,348 lives.
Rescuers have recovered 830 bodies from flooding and mudslides sparked by more than a week of heavy rains in what is considered Brazil's worst-ever natural catastrophe. Another 518 are still missing and feared dead, according to Civil Defense figures.
In addition, over 21,000 people lost their homes or had to abandon them amid fears of likely collapses.
Brazil's rainy season has been particularly severe this year, with flooding also swamping southern Santa Catarina state and Sao Paulo, the economic hub that record its rainiest January in 60 years.
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