Deadly landslide engulfs freeway in Brazil

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 Deadly landslide swallows up Brazilian highway

A landslide on a motorway in southern Brazil has killed at least two people, and dozens are missing.

Authorities said mud had hit highway BR-376 in the state of Parana. At least 15 cars and six trucks were buried in the landslide.

Rescuers at the scene said bad weather and remoteness made searches difficult.

Firefighters use thermal imaging camera and rescue dogs to locate possible survivors. Up to 30 people are listed missing.

A truck driver whose cab was covered in mud by a landslide has been rescued with minor injuries. José Altair Biscay, 43, recorded a video on his phone in which he was trapped.

“I'm alive, thank God. I'm in the middle of the dirt, just in the corner to the left of the truck. I'm all cut. But I'm alive,” he can be heard saying. in frames.

Six survivors have been rescued so far. Among them is the mayor of the coastal town of Guaratuba Roberto Justus and his driver Claudio Margarida.

The landslide came after days of heavy rain in Paraná.

Landslides are not uncommon in Brazil, and hillside communities are often swept away when they collapse wet mountain slopes. In February, more than 200 people died as a result of landslides in the city of Petropolis in the state of Rio.

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