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Brazil landslide death toll rises

Wednesday, January 11, 2012 - 01:14

Jan 11 - More bodies are pulled out from a landslide in Brazil with 18 people still missing. Marie-Claire Fennessy reports.

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PLEASE NOTE: THIS EDIT CONTAINS CONVERTED 4:3 MATERIAL Rescue workers search for at least 18 people still missing in a landslide in the Brazilian town of Sapucaia. The death toll has risen to 13 as more bodies were found. Officials had warned those living in hillside communities or near rivers to leave their homes but most have refused. One man said he only wanted to bury his loved ones. (SOUNDBITE) UNIDENTIFIED RELATIVE OF MISSING VICTIM, SAYING(Portuguese): "There is nothing to say, nothing to say. We only need to ask God for them to find them and put an end to our suffering." Volunteers work in the town's small cemetery to help build new tombs for the victims. Heavy rains have hit several regions of the South American country since the beginning of the year. At least 27 people have died and thousands have been forced to leave their homes. Brazil's president announced on Monday the creation of a permanent national task force to help prevent and tackle floods and landslides. More heavy showers are expected in the states of Minas Gerais, Rio de janeiro and Espirito Santo this week. Marie-Claire Fennessy, Reuters

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Brazil landslide death toll rises

Wednesday, January 11, 2012 - 01:14