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400 missing in Brazil slides, toll hits 763

SAO PAULO (AP) - Brazilian officials say about 400 people are registered as missing after mudslides last week that killed 767 people.

The Rio de Janeiro public prosecutor's office is tallying the list.

The death toll from slides triggered by deluges in mountain towns just north of Rio ticked up Friday as recovery teams reached isolated areas and slowly dug out victims.

Roads and bridges are washed out across the region, hampering the ability to get heavy machinery into the areas to speed up the recovery of bodies.

The slides are the deadliest natural disaster to hit Brazil since flooding killed 785 people four decades ago.


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