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.
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.
October 26, 1989 |
Rescue workers Wednesday dug through tons of dirt and debris from a landslide that engulfed a Sao Paulo slum, killing at least three people, injuring dozens and leaving at least 90 others missing. Crews on Wednesday recovered three bodies from the rubble, and officials said there was little hope of finding survivors after the 100-foot-high avalanche of mud and rocks came crashing onto the Nova Republica slum Tuesday night.