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Brazil battles to save mudslide victims

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Rescue workers in Brazil are continuing a frantic search for around 200 people after a massive mudslide buried them in their homes.

Overnight efforts at the shanty town near Rio de Janeiro have borne some fruit, with teams pulling dozens from the rubble. However, the number dead is expected to rise rapidly due to the lack of air pockets in the mud.

Around 50 homes were engulfed on Wednesday when the rain-soaked hillside collapsed. It is thought the slum in the city of Niteroi was vulnerable because it had previously been a rubbish dump. Earlier, Rio’s governor went to see the damage and rescue efforts at the slum for himself.

So far, more than 170 people have been killed and thousands left homeless after the heaviest rains in more than 40 years. The extreme weather has triggered close to 200 mudslides, pulverising shanks in the region’s hillside communities. Large parts of Rio remain without power. Forecasters have predicted further rainfall for the weekend.