Deadly mudslides in Brazil

Aftermath of landslide Niteroi, Brazil 10 Apr 10

The death toll from landslides and floods in and around Rio de Janeiro this week has exceeded 200 as crews continued searching through the debris.

 

Most of the victims were swept away in landslides that roared through slums built on steep, unstable hillsides.

The hardest hit area was a slum in Niteroi, next to Rio.

Although the rains have eased (more than 300 mm of rain fell), the water-soaked terrain threatens further slides.