The death toll on Brazil’s southeast coast rose to 51 Saturday after more than three days of rain

–(www.FinancialNewsUSA.com)– 01/02/2010 – Most Popular industry news provided by Financial News USA. The death toll on Brazil’s southeast coast rose to 51 Saturday after more than three days of rain, which caused a large part of a mountain near Rio de Janeiro to collapse as mud Friday, state officials said.

The mud slid onto the Sankay Inn resort in Angra dos Reis, two hours west of Rio, killing at least 22 people and injuring dozens, officials said. Rescuers found 15 bodies floating on the nearby island of Ilha Grande, officials said.

At least 40 people had been staying at the inn, a haven for wealthy vacationers and celebrities, CNN affiliate Record TV reported.

Rio de Janeiro’s state governor, Sergio Cabral, on Friday declared three days of mourning and ordered the state’s civil defense rescue teams on duty around the clock.

In the poorer suburbs of Rio de Janeiro’s Zona Norte, several makeshift homes built on steep slopes fell victim to mudslides, leaving at least 350 people homeless, the officials said.

The inundations began Wednesday.

In nearby Jacarepagua, rescuers carried three bodies of a four-person family from the wreckage of their hilltop home after it was hit by a mudslide.

Record TV broadcast the rescuers’ attempt to find the family’s toddler, Mariana. After sifting through rubble, the rescuers heard her cries emanating from underneath the rubble, dug her out and carried her to safety amid cheers. But hours later, the television station reported she had died.

Brazil’s president, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, told reporters he will send marine and naval forces to aid in carrying out rescues in remote coastal areas where more bodies were believed to be trapped. About Financial News USA

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