Death toll rises to 549 in Brazil flooding
January 15th, 2011
02:39 PM ET

Death toll rises to 549 in Brazil flooding

The death toll from flooding caused by torrential rains in Brazil's Rio de Janeiro state rose to 549 people Saturday, Brazil's official news agency reported.

Most of the deaths were reported in the cities of Nova Friburgo and Teresopolis, located in a mountainous region northeast of Rio, according to Agencia Brasil.

Rescuers have not been able to reach some hard-hit areas and many more people are feared dead, the agency said Friday.

The rain is predicted to continue for several days in areas already submerged in water or slathered with mud.

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  1. mr mean

    I see dead ppl

    January 15, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Spike O Matic

    They're everywhere they're everywhere! you and peter fonda.

    January 15, 2011 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Brian

    Hey not to change the subject but do you remember the recent bird and fish deaths well today In wisconsin they found 200 dead cows In a field how crazy.

    January 15, 2011 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Luiz Moreira RJ

    Viva Rio receives donations for the mountain region
    Graciela Bittencourt – 12/01/2011

    The Volunteer Program of Viva Rio began its campaign SOS Mountain Region and is receiving donations to be sent specifically to the municipalities of Nova Friburgo and Petrópolis Teresópolis, which have suffered from heavy rains since last Tuesday (11/01) . The death toll in the region already exceeds 300.

    Viva Rio is also partnering with organizations, companies and shops for the campaign. A subsidiary of Rio Fashion Shop Serrana is donating 2,000 pairs of shoes, and the builder Cyrela donated 40 food baskets. The Volunteer Fire Department Indaial Santa Catarina, who collaborated with the emergency actions of Viva Rio in Haiti after the earthquake of January 12, 2010, through partnership with Viva Rio, send between 10 and 15 firefighters to assist with the emergency actions in the mountain region.

    Check out the list of key needs:
    – Mineral water;
    – Non-perishable foods and ready for consumption (dehydrated soups and pasta, biscuits, cereals);
    – Milk powder;
    – Food assistance;
    – Appliances;
    – Mattresses;
    – Bed linen and towels and blankets;
    – Cleaning materials;
    – Personal hygiene kits;
    – Disposable diapers etc..

    Learn where to make your donation:
    > Headquarters Viva Rio (Rua do Russel, 76, Gloria);
    > 12th Military Police Battalion of Niterói (Rua Feliciano Sodré, 275, Center);
    > Underground River – seasons: Ipanema / General Osório, Siqueira Campos, Botafogo Carioca, Gloria, Largo do Machado, Catete, Central Saens Peña, New America / Del Castilho and Pavuna;
    > Iguatemi.

    Cash donations:

    Banco do Brasil
    Ag.: 1769-8
    C/c.: 411396-9
    Viva Rio
    CNPJ: 00343941/0001-28

    January 16, 2011 at 8:21 am | Report abuse |
  5. Ourexample

    Our insh allah.. Our prayers. A world leader who broke the system of western style and american bribery and slave making because of the vision of one man who did not seek reelection or take his people into the deepest n.r.a. Poverty. Superior to american profiteering..angel kid fantasy selling.. and sectarian lunacy. They said it was impossible. No aclu needed or clown ngo games.

    January 16, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mmmmm

    Talking about raining on some else's parade, no debauchery and carnival anytime soon...

    January 17, 2011 at 1:34 am | Report abuse |
  7. vhc

    @Mmmmm Can't you ever make a decent comment. You flitter from one article to another making these little "wise-ass" coments.
    No one needs your comedy.

    January 17, 2011 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |