A total of 152 people have been killed and three more injured in a landslide caused by heavy rains last Tuesday in the city of Petropolis in the state of Rio de Janeiro, according to a new report by Brazilian authorities. Rainfall.
The death toll in Petropolis is 213 and the death toll is 152 – 97 of which have been identified as of Saturday night, the 19th. A further 24 people have been rescued since the operation began.
The storm, which hit the mountain city of Rio de Janeiro in southeastern Brazil, has displaced nearly a thousand people.
The search for the missing in Petropolis reaches its sixth day this Sunday, with more rain forecasting, making rescue efforts more difficult and increasing the risk of new landslides.
Municipal officials and neighbors are clearing the streets with tractors, bulldozers, shovels and bare hands, trying to restore normalcy to the hill people.
The search operation was disrupted by rain for the last few days. Heavy fog also disrupted work on Saturday, now backed by firefighters from other states.
Colonel Leandro Montero, secretary of state for civil defense and commander of the fire department, explained that due to the unpredictable weather in Petropolis, heavy machinery such as tractors could not progress anywhere.
The death toll from the rains in Bahia, Minas Gerais, Sவ்o Paulo and Rio de Janeiro now stands at 254, according to the Civil Defense.
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