Fresh mudslides have caused yet more devastation after dozens of houses close to Rio de Janeiro were swept away worsening a disaster that has claimed as many as 150 lives.
Brazil’s heaviest rains in decades have sparked at least 180 mudslides crushing hillside shacks leaving thousands homeless.
Rescue services are hard at work trying to help the victims, however its a difficult task:
“ We arrived early this morning and it was still raining very hard. We began our search and rescue operations in one of the affected areas, a low risk area. We have not been able to send teams up to the high risk areas yet. There is still too much debris falling, “ said one firefighter.
Emergency services say the number of victims is expected to rise as rescue workers sift through the tons of mud that have swamped the shanty towns.
The latest slides hit Niteroi where the rains are now finally easing, though the city is expecting further heavy downpours at the weekend.
Rio is in chaos with power lines down and roads pocked with craters making moving round the city close to impossible.