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Hundreds dead in Brazil slides; search to continue

TERESOPOLIS, Brazil (AP) - Mudslides have killed nearly 300 people in Brazil.

Officials say at least 287 people are dead after driving rains sent tons of earth sliding into mountain towns. Dozens more are missing.

Nearly 150 died in one town north of Rio de Janeiro, and officials say more bodies could be found in a neighborhood that rescuers haven't reached yet. More than 100 died in a neighboring town.

Rescuers have been using heavy machinery, shovels and bare hands to find survivors.

The mountains got 10 inches of rain in less than 24 hours. Floodwaters continued to gush down the mountains for hours after the storms ended yesterday.

Survivors waded through waist-high water, carrying what belongings they could, trying to reach higher ground. Many tried desperately to find relatives.

More rain is forecast through the weekend.


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