Mudslide kills at least 2 in Brazil


A mudslide surged into a low-income neighborhood on the outskirts of Sao Paulo yesterday, killing at least two people and slightly injuring two young girls, authorities said.

Fire department spokesman Eduardo Moitinho said residents reported that four to six people were missing and might be buried under tons of mud that buried four houses in the Pedreira district.

An 18-year-old pregnant woman and a three-year-old boy were known dead, Moitinho said.

The cause of the mudslide had not been determined, but the Globo TV network said it might have been set off by a backhoe that tumbled down the hill overlooking the neighbourhood. The digger was being used in a construction project.

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