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Shantytown Mudslide Kills Dozens In Brazil

Mon., April 22, 1996

Torrential rains brought a mudslide down on a shantytown in northeastern Brazil on Sunday, killing at least 26 people.

Another 15 people were injured in the mudslide, which covered a slum at the foot of a hill on the outskirts of Salvador, a coastal city 1,000 miles northeast of Rio, said Maria Emilia Freire, a spokeswoman for the Salvador civil defense.

The rain started coming down on Saturday afternoon, gained strength in the evening and turned into a downpour, which stopped Sunday morning.

With forecasts calling for more rain, the city’s civil defense workers worked to evacuate residents from hillsides and other high-risk areas.



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