Brazil death toll likely to reach 1 000

2011-01-22 09:33

Rio de Janeiro – Several dozen more bodies were recovered yesterday, bringing the death toll to 785 from more than a week of floods and mud slides, according to figures released by civil defence workers.

Officials fear the death toll will top 1 000, based on reports that another 400 people are still missing.

Heavy rainfall dropped the disaster on the state of Rio de Janeiro – a broad swath of countryside just beyond the city of Rio.

Recovery teams continue to work round the clock in the hilly Serrana region searching for the dead, while civil defence units distributed food and water. Most roads have been cleared for passage.

Brazil’s worst weather catastrophe in recent history has left at least 6 000 people homeless.

Another 8 000 people had to temporarily vacate their homes because of flooding, and spent some time in emergency shelters.

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