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Destroyed and distraught: Brazil mudslides in pictures


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2022 Feb 19, 11:07, Petropolis | Brazil

The city of Petropolis was slammed by a deluge Tuesday, and hundreds were left homeless.

Civilians joined official recovery efforts. Among them were Priscila Neves and her siblings, who looked through the mud for any sign of their disappeared parents, but found only clothing. Neves said she had given up hope of finding her parents alive.

Rosilene Virgilio, 49, was in tears as she recalled the desperate pleas from someone she couldn’t save.

“There was a woman screaming, ‘Help! Get me out of here!’ But we couldn’t do anything; the water was gushing out, the mud was gushing out,” Virgilio said. “Our city unfortunately is finished.”

Petropolis is a German-influenced city named for a former Brazilian emperor. Nestled in the mountains above the coastal metropolis, for almost two centuries it has been a refuge for people escaping summer heat and tourists keen to explore the so-called “Imperial City.”

A resident yells during the search for survivors after fatal mudslides in Petropolis, Brazil, Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
A resident yells during the search for survivors after fatal mudslides in Petropolis, Brazil, Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

Petropolis was among the nation’s first planned cities and features stately homes along its waterways. But its population has grown haphazardly, climbing mountainsides now covered with small residences packed tightly together. Many are in areas unfit for structures and rendered more vulnerable by deforestation and inadequate drainage.

The stricken mountain region has seen similar catastrophes in recent decades, including one that caused more than 900 deaths. In the years since, Petropolis presented a plan to reduce risks of landslides, but works have been advancing only slowly.

Residents and volunteers remove the body of a mudslide victim in Petropolis, Brazil, Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
Residents and volunteers remove the body of a mudslide victim in Petropolis, Brazil, Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
Priscilla Neves waits for news about her missing parents, who were in their family home when it was covered by mudslides, in Petropolis, Brazil, Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
Priscilla Neves waits for news about her missing parents, who were in their family home when it was covered by mudslides, in Petropolis, Brazil, Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

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