Tragedy in Rio de Janeiro: at least three dead by a landslide in a favela

Tragedy in Rio de Janeiro: at least three dead by a landslide in a favela

The avalanche occurred after two days of rain in Niteroi Credit: Twitter

RIO DE JANEIRO .- At least nine people died and several remain missing as a result of a landslide this morning in a favela of Niteroi, a city neighboring

Rio de Janeiro
, after two days of heavy rain in the region.

According to Civil Defense, the avalanche occurred at 4 in the morning when a large rock rolled from the top of the hill and hit six houses of the Boa Esperança community, in the neighborhood of Piratininga. The rescue teams managed to get alive eleven people, including a baby, but nine people died buried in the mud, stones and debris from the houses. About 200 members of Civil Defense and firefighters worked against the clock to find the disappeared, without having an exact figure of the people who were in the place at the time of the landslide.

"My eight-month-old granddaughter, Nicole, is buried there, and I managed to get my grandson out, who is in the hospital with my children," said Rosemary Caetano da Silva, who helped the rescuers on the site where her home.

The night before, the family had celebrated the birthday of Nicole's brother, Arthur Caetano de Carvalho, 3 years old; the child was in serious condition, accompanied by his parents. The survivors were taken to Azevedo Lima and Mario Monteiro hospitals.

"It rained a lot in the last two days, Niteroi was in a state of alert and the communities had been warned of the situation, with the recommendation that they look for safer places," the Secretary of Civil Defense of the state told the Globo News channel. of Rio de Janeiro, commander Roberto Robadey.

Fortunately, by midmorning, the downpour had ended and the forecast was for dry and stable weather for the area in the following hours. The traffic on Avenida Francisco da Cruz Nunes, near the site of the tragedy, had been closed to facilitate rescue work and assistance to the inhabitants of the favela, because other houses were at risk of collapse.

According to the president of the Association of Dwellers of the Morro da Boa Esperança, Claudio dos Santos, the entrance to several houses had already been prohibited. "The houses are being isolated by Civil Defense, but there are people who are complicated and do not want to leave, and yesterday we were already worried about this rain, but this happened," lamented Dos Santos.

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