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Report: Rio Hotel Mudslide Death Toll Reaches 60

January 5, 2010 By: Joe Pike

According to the Hindustan Times, rescuers on Saturday pulled more bodies from an avalanche of thick mud and rock that buried a luxury hotel filled with New Year's revelers, as southern Brazil landslides claimed about 60 lives.

The death toll from the hotel tragedy on Ilha Grande, a resort island southwest of Rio, rose to 26. State officials said another landslide in the nearby city of Angra dos Reis south of Rio left at least 13 people dead, part of a series of mudslides brought on by incessant rains that have killed at least 60 people across the state of Rio de Janeiro since Wednesday and left dozens missing.

Authorities said the Hotel Sankay was full to capacity with about 40 guests, including children, ringing in the New Year at the idyllic seaside getaway on Bananal beach. For the full story, click here.


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