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Death Toll Brazil Flooding

Death Toll Brazil Flooding - Brazilians have emerged to face the chaos and destruction left by three days of torrential rains, rivers of mud and landslides that have killed at least 610 people in the country's worst flood disaster on record.

The steady rain eased up a bit as rescue teams and residents picked through the wreckage of hillside communities near tourist hotspot Rio de Janeiro.

The soil, however, remains saturated with water, and officials fear more landslides.

Rio de Janeiro state declared a week of mourning for the dead starting Monday and authorities made an urgent appeal for donations of blood, bottled water, food and medicine.

Death Toll Brazil Flooding

About 14,000 people have been forced to flee their homes, civil defence officials say.

The death toll, however, is not final as rescuers continue to search amid the mud-covered rubble for bodies. At least a dozen remote hamlets remain out of touch, and one witness reported seeing a group of people buried by a river of mud inside their car.

Forecasters warned that the wet weather was likely to last into next week.

Death Toll Brazil Flooding

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