Death Toll Rises To Nearly 600 In Brazil Flooding

People salvage a refrigerator from a house destroyed by a mudslide Saturday in Nova Friburgo, Brazil.
People salvage a refrigerator from a house destroyed by a mudslide Saturday in Nova Friburgo, Brazil.
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Teresopolis, Brazil (CNN) — The death toll from flooding caused by torrential rains in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro state rose to 591 people Saturday, Brazil’s official news agency reported.

Most of the deaths were reported in the cities of Nova Friburgo and Teresopolis, located in a mountainous region northeast of Rio, according to Agencia Brasil.

Rescuers have not been able to reach some hard-hit areas and many more people are feared dead, the agency said Friday.

The rain is predicted to continue for several days in areas already submerged in water or slathered with mud.

At least 257 people died in Teresopolis, while 267 were killed in the town of Nova Friburgo, Agencia Brasil reported.

She trudged through mud in her rain boots to talk to residents in a neighborhood where four of seven firefighters attempting to rescue people had been buried under mud. Three others were pulled out alive.

Brazilian authorities have been criticized for a lack of disaster planning and allowing people to build homes in areas known to become treacherous in the rainy season.

They are under increasing pressure to show a strong response. Brazil is scheduled to host the World Cup in 2014 and the 2016 Olympics.

State health officials pleaded for people to donate blood that will be sent to the Serrana region, where only 36 units of blood remained for treatment of flood victims.

Rain has affected neighboring Sao Paulo as well, killing 24 people there, authorities said.

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Baby, It’s Cold Outside

…in 49 out of 50 States in America. Like, literally. I just found out (I’m so outdated :() that snow had touched 49 States including California and Hawaii. Florida wasn’t able to experience snow and that’s a bit relieving πŸ˜€

Snow present in 49 of the 50 U.S. states
January 11th, 2011
04:38 PM ET

Here’s how the snow forecast breaks down for some major cities:

Washington DC: 2-4 inches
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: 4-6 inches
New York, N.Y.: 6-12 inches
Hartford, Connecticut: 15-20 inches
Boston, Massachusetts: 12-16 inches

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Look After You

I chose Look After You, a song by The Fray, as my title because we’ll be talking about a very serious matter here that requires our help. As we all know Australia is still flooded; around 75% of Queensland is experiencing lack of resources and overflowing water.

Celebrities on Twitter send their support for people in the Queensland floods

The flood affected area is about the size of France AND Germany and could worsen in the next few days. They are saying that if the floods continue that all the east coast of Australia could be flooded. Currently there are 12 deaths and over 67 people missing.

To help you guys understand, this is Australia in rough comparison with the US (I didn’t do the picture btw, I scabbed it from Twitter)

To see a better view of the flooding, CLICK HERE 😐 I seriously cannot believe this is happening to them too 😦

This’ll just break your heart 😦

To donate, simply CLICK THIS LINK πŸ™‚ This will mean a lot to them. God bless and take care! x