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Brazil flood: The worst tragedy in 4 decades

01-18-2011 14:10 BJT

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Officials in Brazil are saying the country may be facing the worst tragedy in 4 decades. Landslides have left more than 13 thousand people displaced and more than 600 dead. Rivers of mud have leveled houses and buildings. CCTV correspondent Michelle Begue reports from the hardest hit city, Nova Friburgo.

Rescue operations are underway in the north of Rio de Janeiro, for the hundreds that have disappeared beneath blankets of Mud. FREIDUS has been looking for his wife and daughters since Thursday. As friends and neighbors help him look for his family, FREIDUS feels hopeless.

Freidus said, “My family disappeared under there, My wife and my daughters. I need support from firefighters and the civil defense. We have been waiting for 7 days already and it is really hard to find the bodies. A lot of mud came down. It is very hard"

Astro Gildomartins was able to hold on to the shelves of his kitchen as the water rose up in his home.

He said, “It is almost everybody here in the city that is going through a difficult situation. Everyone is doing badly because they lost their, cars, their shops, their goods. I lost a car.

Officials in Brazil are saying the country may be facing the worst tragedy in 4 decades. Landslides have left more than 13 thousand people displaced and more than 600 dead. Rivers of mud have leveled houses and buildings.

Brazil’s government has pledged to do everything they can to help the displaced and those with missing family members. The federal government has even offered to pay the rent of 2,500 families for an intermediate period of time. President Dilma Rousseff has also designated more than 60 million USD in disaster aid.

Michelle Begue said, “As you can see the landslides reach the borders of the cities, putting in danger the buildings that are on the edge. Rescuers say it is unlikely to find many survivors after a couple of days because they are most likely buried in the mud.”


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