At Least 45 Dead in Brazil Landslides

RIO DE JANEIRO, Jan. 1 (UPI) — Landslides in the Rio de Janeiro area triggered by heavy rains caused at least 45 deaths, Argentine government officials said Friday.

Brasil Online reported initial reports from officials indicated the 22 killed in one landslide at Angra dos Reis included at least a dozen tourists.

Jornal do Brasil reported search-and-rescue efforts had been suspended for the night and were to resume Saturday. Rio de Janeiro state Gov. Sergio Cabral, who declared three days of morning, was expected to reach the disaster scene in the morning.

CNN reported a giant mudslide came down on the Sankay Inn resort at Angra dos Reis about 4:30 a.m., killing 22 and injuring two dozen more State officials said 15 more bodies were found floating on the nearby island of Ilha Grande. Others reportedly died in smaller landslides.

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said he would dispatch military personnel to help carry out rescue and relief efforts in remote coastal areas where more bodies were believed to be trapped.

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