Rio de Janeiro: The number of people killed
in a flooding disaster near Rio de Janeiro last week could top
1,000, according to official figures released today showing
400 people still missing.
The latest confirmed toll of recovered bodies from the
flash floods and mudslides that struck the Serrana mountain
region near Rio on January 12 stood at 759.
Most of the 400 people reported missing were presumed
dead, as emergency workers and soldiers continued to dig
through mud and debris looking for more bodies.