March 19, 1992 |
A landslide killed at least 37 people and buried scores more when it swept over a hillside shantytown in a southeastern city Wednesday, a rescue official said. Rescuers worked through the night, digging through the mud and wreckage for the missing. Police said the death toll could rise to 150. The disaster took place in an outlying district of Belo Horizonte, the capital of Minas Gerais state about 290 miles northwest of Rio, Sgt. Esigenio da Luz of the local fire department said.
May 1, 1996 |
The death toll from torrential rains and mudslides earlier this week in the northeastern city of Recife rose to 49 on Tuesday. Distraught relatives and civil defense workers continued the search for bodies in the coastal state capital, where entire shantytowns were buried by tons of debris and entire families were killed as they slept Monday night. "I'll keep digging until I find a body," said teenager Joao Luis de Souza, looking for his mother, father and two brothers.
November 25, 2008 |
Rescue workers rushed to help residents in southern Brazil on Monday after landslides and floods caused by heavy rain killed at least 59 people and forced more than 43,000 from their homes. The state of Santa Catarina declared an emergency as rescuers used helicopters and motorboats to reach those displaced or stranded after days of torrential rain. The state government said the floods and mudslides had affected 1.5 million people, leaving about 150,000 without electricity and eight of the 60 towns affected completely cut off by flood waters and landslides.