Recovery Efforts Tough after Flooding in Brazil

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Torrential rains, flooding, and mudslides in Brazil have killed 45 people and have left more than 150,000 homeless.

Relief efforts are underway, but getting food, water, and medicine into the hardest hit areas has been difficult.

As rains subsided, government relief workers delivered the first of more than $56 million in immediate relief promised to regions affected the most.

"It destroyed our city," one resident in the town of Alagoas said. "It destroyed everything."

People sifted through muddy debris searching for valuable possessions. Local resident Maria Severina da Silva lost her son in a mudslide

"He helped some other boys and then helped me and I have not seen him again," she said. "He was just dragged down by the river."

A month's worth of rain fell in just two days in Alagoas and the neighboring state of Pernambuco. Mounds of mud and debris that washed out bridges are hampering rescue and relief efforts.

Earlier this week, civil defense officials said more than 600 people were still missing in Alagoas. Rescuers are continuing the search for possible survivors, but they fear more bodies will be discovered.

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