A mudslide caused by heavy rain swept down a hillside slum and swallowed a motel, killing seven people and raising to 37 the number of deaths during two days of flooding, officials said.
The latest mudslide occurred in a slum of Salvador, a coastal city 1,055 miles northeast of Rio, said Fire Department Col. Antonio da Silva Carrilho."The hill collapsed and completely covered the motel," said Carrilho. "It seems most people got out alive, but we've pulled seven corpses from the mud."
The wave of mud blasted through a concrete wall alongside the motel and crushed a row of eight homes at the base of the hill, he said. The motel was not frequented by tourists.
"The death count will keep rising," he said. "It's still raining hard and flood waters are rising."
Carrilho said 25 rescue workers at the site were hacking through mounds of mud.