Recent torrential rains and mudslides have killed hundreds of people in one of the nation's worst natural disasters in decades. So far, neighbors have watched as their neighbors homes have swept away in a calamity that's claimed at least 460 lives, with many more missing.
In a dramatic scene caught on tape, a woman was pulled to safety by her neighbors as a wall of water and mud swept away her livelihood:
The Associated Press reports:
Flooding and mudslides are common in Brazil when the summer rains come, but this week's slides were among the worst in recent memory. The disasters unduly punish the poor, who often live in rickety shacks perched perilously on steep hillsides with little or no foundations. But even the rich did not escape the damage in Teresopolis, where large homes were washed away.
"I have friends still lost in all of this mud," said Carols Eurico, a resident of the city's Campo Grande neighborhood, as he motioned to a sea of destruction behind him. "It's all gone. It's all over now. We're putting ourselves in the hands of God."