- Title: BRAZIL: Rio tries to restore order amid more rain, 104 dead
- Date: 8th April 2010
- Summary: RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL (APRIL 07, 2010) (REUTERS) MAN HANDING DONATIONS FOR FLOOD VICTIMS IN RIO DE JANEIRO'S CITY HALL EXTERIOR OF RIO'S CITY HALL RIO DE JANEIRO'S STATE FLAG AT HALF-MAST VARIOUS OF PEOPLE MAKING DONATIONS IN CITY HALL (SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) RIO RESIDENT, AMERICO SOUZA, SAYING: "I tried to donate the most I could, from shoes to clothing which people can still wear, for both boys and girls. I think everyone suffered, so I tried to donate all types of things." VOLUNTEER ORGANIZING CLOTHES DONATED VARIOUS OF EXTERIOR OF MARACANA SOCCER STADIUM VARIOUS OF WORKERS CLEANING MARACANA SOCCER STADIUM VARIOUS OF STADIUM'S DRESSING ROOM FILLED WITH MUD STADIUM'S EXERCISE ROOM FILLED WITH MUD EXTERIOR OF CLOSED UNIVERSITY SIGN OUTSIDE UNIVERSITY NOTIFYING STUDENTS THAT CLASSES WERE SUSPENDED VARIOUS OF EXTERIOR OF PUBLIC SCHOOL CLOSED
- Embargoed: 23rd April 2010 13:00
- Location: Brazil
- Country: Brazil
- Topics: Disasters / Accidents / Natural catastrophes
- Reuters ID: LVA5RDWU61ZJNE7BU7IGEUU1E7QO
- Story Text: Rio de Janeiro officials step up efforts to clean up streets and remove people from risk areas one day after floods and mudslides killed 104 people in the Brazilian state.
Rains kept pummeling Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday (March 7) as officials in Brazil's second largest city scrambled to restore transit after 104 people were killed by landslides and floods.
Civil defense workers worked around the clock to unclog sewers and tow cars from the city's muddy streets.
Rio's mayor said traffic had improved after flooded highways left commuters and residents stranded on Tuesday across the city, but called on people to postpone meetings and avoid traveling if possible.
He called on those living in hillside slums at risk for mudslides -- which were responsible for most of Tuesday's deaths -- to leave their homes as the rains continued.
But many people refused to go to public shelters, where volunteers started to receive donations on Tuesday night.
Rio resident Americo Souza donated clothes and shoes for the flood victims in Rio's city hall.
"I tried to donate the most I could, from shoes to clothing which people can still wear, for both boys and girls. I think everyone suffered, so I tried to donate all types of things," he said.
A spokesman for Rio's fire department said rescue workers are still searching for 40 people declared missing in the wake of the rains, the heaviest to hit the city in at least three decades.
Brazil's most popular football team Flamengo postponed a match with a rival team from Chile because of the rains. Schools in Rio suspended classes for a second day. They would play in Rio's famous Maracana stadium which became covered in mud after the storm.
On Tuesday, Rio's central business neighborhood flooded and cars were abandoned under water. Near Copacabana beach, residents waded through ankle-deep water on their way to work.
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