Death toll reaches 204 from landslides, floods in Brazil

SAO PAULO, Feb. 23 (Xinhua) -- The death toll from mudslides and floods in the Brazilian city of Petropolis, in southeast Rio de Janeiro state, rose to 204 on Wednesday, authorities said.

According to the police, at least 51 people remained missing as rescue efforts continued to retrieve victims from the mountains of mud that buried homes.

A man with a Bible stands on the debris of homes destroyed by mudslides in Petropolis, Brazil, Friday, Feb. 18, 2022. (Photo: AP)

A spokesman for the Fire Department of the state of Rio de Janeiro said search and rescue efforts were suspended on Wednesday due to storms in the area.

On Feb. 15, Petropolis, a city located 68 km from Rio de Janeiro, was slammed with heavy rains that caused more than 50 mudslides and floods.

Petropolis, a historic tourism hub in Brazil, still has 810 evacuees who have been living in school shelters for the past week.