Brazil fears more deadly mudslides as toll hits 524
Published 15/01/2011 | 05:00
The death toll from mudslides and flooding in Brazil stood at 524 and rising yesterday evening amid fears that further rain could claim many more lives this weekend, writes Robin Yapp in Sao Paulo.
People were queuing in cars to leave towns in the mountainous area north of Rio de Janeiro as forecasters warned that even continuous light rain could send tonnes more mud cascading down hillsides.
"It will keep raining until at least next Wednesday. We are predicting a light but steady rain, which could lay the conditions for more landslides," said Luiz Cavalcanti at Brazil's national weather institute.
The return of rain hampered the third day of rescue efforts in the two worst-affected towns, Nova Friburgo and Teresopolis.
There were fears that hundreds more bodies are yet to be discovered in the Campo Grande shanty town in Teresopolis, where more than 100 homes are believed to have been destroyed.