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Death toll in Brazil mudslides rises above 500

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TERESOPOLIS, Brazil (WKOW) – Authorities in Brazil say mudslides and flooding in mountain towns north of Rio have killed more than 500 people.

Officials say that number may continue to rise. They say they don't know how many people are missing.

The International Disaster Database says it is the worst natural disaster in the country since 1967.  Flooding and mudslides at that time killed 785 people.

More rain Friday is making it difficult for rescuers to reach survivors. No mudslides have been reported Friday however.

People dug nearly 200 graves Thursday. A city worker at the cemetery says many funerals were held Thursday and dozens more are scheduled for Friday. He says workers will dig 300 graves Saturday.

State officials say the disaster has forced 14,000 people from their homes.

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