Torrential rain, floods in Rio leave 58 deadRio's governor Sergio Cabral says he's called on the navy to lend helicopters to rescue workers
The Associated Press
RIO DE JANEIRO — Authorities in Rio de Janeiro say 58 people have died in the mudslides and flash floods that followed torrential rain overnight.
The mayor of the mountain town of Teresopolis just north of Rio says in a statement Wednesday that 48 people died, and more than 1,000 have been left homeless.
Civil defense officials for Rio state say eight died in the neighboring town of Nova Friburgo, including four firefighters. An elderly couple died in Petropolis.
The death count is expected to rise as officials reach the steep mountain flanks and washed-out valleys in the region.
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