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. Sean D. Johnson

    My heart, thoughts, and prayers go out to everyone in Brazil. Praying that God has mercy on the country.

    April 10, 2010 at 7:39 am | Report abuse |
  2. fabiano

    i live in rio de janeiro and what i can tell u is: never in the history of this city rained like this before! looked like the sky was fallen down!

    April 10, 2010 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
  3. Leonardo Elizeu, Petrolina. Pernambuco. Brazil.

    Most houses in the Brazilian slums and hills do not have a suitable infrustruction to face a problem like that. I think that the local administration should provide the low income families good houses in safer areas. Let us pray for those people in Niteroi.

    April 10, 2010 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  4. Abana Evaristus

    Its quite unfortunate that natural crises & global is taking its toll.The question is; is there anything we can do about it? The answer is yes,the only way out,i think is to give back to nature what we have taken from it. If not it may keep worsening.

    April 10, 2010 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  5. Louis

    the deaths in rio are mostly to blame in the illegal slum homes built on mountain sides. These homes are built in forest areas that are depelted of its trees to build these shacks. Without the trees mudslides become a reality as there are no roots to hold the soil back. Most of the deaths are from people that lived on these hills.

    April 10, 2010 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Susan

      Right, they should have just bought bigger homes in town right? With all that money they had in the bank that they opted not to use when they chose to put their families in slums with tin roofs. Too bad they didn't know you so you could have advised them to get a condo Louis.

      July 15, 2010 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  6. Ally

    This is just the result of the incompetence of politicians, who take advantage of these slums as their 'vote farms', never really trying to improve the lives of the people who live there. It makes us wonder if these politicians will have the capacity and, most importantly, the desire to prepare the city for the World Cup and the Olympics.

    April 10, 2010 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Dave

    Should heed the warning of mother nature that clear cutting the Amazon is a bad idea.

    April 10, 2010 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Catherine

    Corruption keeps the poor people on the dangerous hills. There is soooo much money in Rio, you would think they could re-house the slumdwellers. But no, greed keeps the richest less than 1km from the poorest. And the weather all over the world is getting worse and worse so we can expect more of these tragedies, unfortunately. Lord help us to share.

    April 10, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Susan

      They should look to the US for guidance. We have such industry and wealth here which is why we don't destroy the worlds natural resources and no one her is living in poverty, chronic unemployment or dies from lack of health care. Oh, wait a minute.....

      July 15, 2010 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  9. Karen

    it may be true about the illegal slums on the mountain side, but can't we have empathy for the loss of human life?

    April 10, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  10. PAVAN

    Jeeeez this is where olympics ar ebeign held!!!!

    April 10, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Letitia

    I don't know what to say,every time I heard such bad news I feel I can't do nothing.

    April 10, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Robin Johnson

    For many summers I have traveled to Brasil to work in the orphanages and schools. I have not been to Rio but to many other places. I can't imagine what the people must be going through. I will keep the entire country but esp the area of devastation in my thoughts and prayers.

    I will be checking with local agencies next week to see what I can do to help. This is a horrible thing that has taken place. I have faith in the Brasillian Govt that they will work hard to restore order and safety.

    I hope the U.S. will be helping also. I know that Brasil helped the people of Haitia when it was in need and we should help Brasil now.

    April 11, 2010 at 5:49 am | Report abuse |
  13. Nick petrvick

    These facts were secluded of the EXTRA newspaper, here of Rio. These institutions the DONATIONS IN CASH

    Donations for the Social Work of the Rio de Janeiro – Bank Bradesco, agency 3286-7, count current 73803-4.cnpj 07500049/0001-52

    Donations for the State Civil Defense – Federal savings Bank, agency 0199, count current 006.2010-1.

    Donations for the city Hall of Niterói – Bank Bradesco, agency 309, count current 12000-6.

    Donations for the city Hall of Saint Gonçalo – Bank Itaú, agency 6148, count current 64846-9.

    Donations for the Brazilian Red Cross branch Office of the State of the Rio de Janeiro – Real Bank; agency 0201; count current 1793928-5.

    I believe that the banks also dispose for account holders soon and that some institutions be mobilized for donations of clothes, footwear others to the distance.

    We thank the solidarity of everybody!

    Rio de Janeiro of deposit and collection.

    April 11, 2010 at 7:47 am | Report abuse |
  14. Maria Silva

    Letita, we Brazilians are accepting prayers from good people throughout the world. How about if you also dedicate your prayer to the children and elderly victms of Rio. God bless you and your hearted feelings.

    Pavan, as a Brazilian also enjoying the fact we will host with pride not only the olimpcs but the world cup, I would like to ask for your prayers as well. This is not the time to think about sports but to pray and to help the suffered people of Rio.

    Karen, thank you for your empatlhy! Your example shoud be followed by many...
    Daave, you are right about the Amazon. Today the catastrophe is in Rio though. Some thousand and thousand km from Amazon. Althoough you are correct about the devastatin of Amazon pls, take a look and research the history of the wood exports in Amazon and you will understand that not only Brazilian but industries from many devoloped countries has exploited this fantastic "green oasis" of Amanzon.

    Thank you in the name of all Brazilian friends of Rio and may God bless us all!

    April 11, 2010 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  15. Lourdes

    I am very sad for my people.It's a misfortune to live in such conditions and it is much worse to go through a disaster as this.officials of Rio should try to help them by making affordable housing and providing some financial assistance.
    it would only be humane.

    i wish that I could help.But ,i can't.

    April 11, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
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