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Anger remains in Brazil at slow response to rescue of mudslide victims

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Anger remains in Brazil at slow response to rescue of mudslide victims

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In Brazil an improvement in the weather has boosted emergency services in their efforts to reach remote villages devastated by the recent mudslides.

At least 610 people have been killed, the deaths centred in Teresopolis and three other towns north of Rio.

Military reinforcements from Rio de Janeiro have moved in to safeguard people and goods in Teresopolis.

Many in the mountainous villages remain angry at what they say has been the slow government response to the country’s worst natural disaster in four decades. They have been left to navigate the perilous jungle paths to find food and medicine.

One villager summed up how the community is suffering.

“Many people are still buried. I have a friend who lost her four children and they remain buried. There is no way to get there,” she explained.

The prosecutor has told the villagers he will now end on-the-spot identification of corpses. Instead they will be taken away in refrigerated trucks. The process could take months adding to the pain the people are already suffering.