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Death toll from floods, landslides in Brazil rises to 772

01-21-2011 15:33 BJT

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Recent floods and landslides in Brazil have killed 772 people in Rio de Janeiro, with the death toll still expected to rise. Adding to the misfortune is the crash of a military helicopter that was searching for flood victims.

The helicopter went down in the southeastern city Nova Friburgo. The pilot survived.

SOS had been spelled out by a family using wheat and stones.

They were trying to call the attention of rescue workers. Brazil now has 5 million people at risk in at least 500 areas.

Most survivors are at a loss about regaining a normal life. In Teresopolis, many are truning to the mayor's office.

Emanuel Dos Santos, Flood Victim, said, "I am in need of some information. I have no gas to cook. I am trying to solve all my problems but find it's difficult."

Margarida Maria, Flood Victim, said, "I know nothing. All I know is that I have bills to pay and I don't know how I am going to do this."

With so many people either stranded or struggling, the Brazilian government has a tough job ahead.

The government plans to create a nationwide disaster-prevention system, which is expected to be fully operational in four years.



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