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Heavy Rains Kill 7 in Brazil; Toddler Rescued After 16 Hours Under Mud


A vendor protects his merchandise with an umbrella as he rides his bicycle under a heavy rain in downtown Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on March 22, 2024.
A vendor protects his merchandise with an umbrella as he rides his bicycle under a heavy rain in downtown Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on March 22, 2024.

Heavy rains in Rio de Janeiro state killed at least seven people, Brazilian authorities said Saturday, while a 4-year-old girl was rescued after more than 16 hours under mud.

The girl was pulled out alive in the city of Petropolis, 69 kilometers (43 miles) north of Rio. Rescue teams had to stop their work Friday night due to the risks of new landslides in the region.

The girl's father died as a house was knocked to the ground. She survived because he protected her with his body, members of rescue teams said. Three more people died in the same place.

Mayors and Governor Claudio Castro had warned residents of potential problems for the weekend since Thursday.

Firefighters struggled to reach those hit by heavy rains, many of them residents of long endangered areas. Sniffing dogs were also part of the rescue efforts. Almost 100 people had been saved, authorities said.

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