April 10th, 2010
04:53 AM ET

More than 200 dead in Brazil mudslides

The death toll from flooding and mudslides in Brazil's state of Rio de Janeiro has topped 200, officials said Saturday.

The death toll stood at 214, the Rio de Janeiro Fire Department said

Saturday. Most of the deaths happened in Niteroi, just across the bay from the city of Rio, the fire department said. At least 134 people died there, while 60 died in the city of Rio de Janeiro.

The Rio de Janeiro mayor's office also confirmed more than 200 dead.

Some 5,000 people have been left homeless from the floods and mudslides, which began with heavy rain Tuesday, according to the mayor's office.

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  1. Weronika

    I pray for all Brazilians who are experiencing a great tragedy. I also thank Brazil for mourning along with us at the time of our own national tragedy- the death of 96 Poles.

    April 11, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  2. artur campos

    i live in northeasy brazil and people have no idea how much rain is it ...i am 44 and have never seen anything like this....aracaju-sergipe

    April 11, 2010 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Charles Stoner

    After serving for 38 yrs. as evangelical missionaries in the north of Brazil, our hearts go out to the suffering people of Rio de Janeiro. May God give the families His comfort and peace, more courage and promise-keeping to elected officials to provide better housing, and patience to all who would tend to be judgmental of this great people and nation. Truly Brazilians are wonderful examples of care and resilience in the face of such disasters, even reaching out to other needy people as seen through their participation in the UN peace-keeping force in Haiti. Deus seja louvado!

    April 11, 2010 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Steve

    Just left there on April 1st after spending 57 days there total in 2010. Niteroi is a place I am considering retiring to, beautiful people as well as the culture and land. I hope the wonderful people I met are safe as well as everyone else in Copacabana, Ipanema, & Leme.

    April 11, 2010 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  5. alexandre licht de moraes

    I am an American that lived in Niteroi during the 1970's. I was just in Rio four weeks ago during that big rain storm. I can not imagine what the last rain was like!
    Would Rio be ready if such a storm hits the city during the World Cup? I hope that the local emergency and civil defense departments will be better prepare next time.

    April 11, 2010 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Fabiana

    It's not the mayor fault, if all people who live in favelas throw the garbage outside their windows. Besides, STOP BUILDING YOUR HOUSES ON TOP OS DEPOSITS OF GARBAGE!

    April 12, 2010 at 8:08 am | Report abuse |
  7. elio

    my God, what a tradegy

    April 12, 2010 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |
  8. Emily

    The truth is that nature is taking its natural course, repeating a cicle that destroys one form of life to create another one. It happened with the dinos, in the ice age, and apparently, it is happening again nowadays. Not only in Brazil, but in so many other countries that have registered so many natural disasters over the past couple of months (Chile and Haiti being the most recent), Of course human pollution may have accelerated the whole process, but deniying the fact that life as we know it may be coming to tough times, is denying the course of nature.

    April 12, 2010 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  9. luiz sergio raposo

    it is a great fatality, but the governors are the major resposables for ocurrences like this one.,

    the local staffs let the people build your homes over garbage store, a knowledge information and a great desengaged conduct with the population.
    now, we must take care the consequenses only, the people losted here ,child,woman and aged almost, passed away.
    thisis a non serious contry, at 2010 only governor election will be the goal.sorry by people died,god bless.

    April 12, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Ricardo

    Unfortunately the politicians did it. They put pour families in a place that was a garbage natural depot. In 2007 a professor from Universidade Federal Fluminense did a study about these places and informed to the Niterói City mayor as was published in the papers that thare was a lot of methane gas in the air and the I can understand why the mayor did not do anything. They do not mind about lifes! They only think about their power and money they can make. This garbage place in not an isolated case. There are many others around Rio de Janeiro city as the Rio de Janeiro City mayor and the governor declared to the newspaper. Henious Crime! They should be prosecuted by the public justice. Now there are more then 230 people dead and thaey are still searching for missing others.

    April 12, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Janey D

    We are still trying to contact friends that are visiting there to check on them..... Does anyone know if there is a list being put out of the names of the Dead ........ We are at our witts end and dont know anything else to do ....... Our prayers are with the family's who have lost so much, so fast ............. God Have Mercy on Brazil .........

    April 13, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom Vetter

      Hay i am Tom from Germany.
      I lost contact to a friend in Braisl.......i saw your post......do you have news if there is a list of the victims of the fllod in Rio de janeiro???
      Greetings
      Tom/Hamburg/Germany

      May 22, 2010 at 7:55 am | Report abuse |
  12. Tom Vetter

    I have lost contact to a friend Ana Paula da silva oliviera and her son joao from rio de janeiro after the 6.4.2010.
    I am in great sorrow... Can anyone help me.
    Is there a list of the victims of the big flood?
    I pray for them......
    Tom/Hamburg/Germany

    May 22, 2010 at 7:53 am | Report abuse |
  13. John

    Great Blog! To bad Google doesn't think so

    December 1, 2010 at 2:20 am | Report abuse |
  14. cindy lee

    i i need to know if my husband is alive he lives in Brazil his name is Eder DaSilver Alves

    January 19, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  15. cindy lee

    also if you want call me at 1 401 453 0435

    January 19, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
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