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The number of dead from Brazil’s devastating floods is expected to rise rapidly.

Concentrated mainly in the mountainous regions near Rio, the landslides and severe flooding have so far killed nearly 400, in what is easily one of Brazil’s worst natural disasters.

Torrents of mud and water set off by heavy rains have left a trail of destruction, toppling houses, often burying families as they slept. Emergency crews are said to be struggling to cope to get to areas cut off by the floods. It means the number of dead is expected to rise rapidly. Despite that grim forecast, there are stories of survival, with one rescue team pulling a trapped baby boy and his father to safety.