Brazil mudslide death toll at 117, many missing: Cops

Brazil mudslide death toll at 117, many missing: Cops

The death toll from floods and landslides in the mountain town of Petropolis rose to at least 117 on Thursday and local officials said it could still rise rapidly, with 116 more unaccounted for.

The Rio de Janeiro state government confirmed the increasing loss of life, with many feared buried beneath the German-influenced city in the mountains above the city of Rio de Janeiro.

Cars and homes were dragged by torrents of floodwater and mud on the city’s streets on Tuesday during the heaviest rain in decades. A video shows two buses drowning in a raging river as passengers look out of windows for safety. Some didn’t make it.

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