Posted: March 19, 2013 in News

The Extinction Protocol

March 19, 2013RIO DE JANEIROLandslides triggered by heavy rains have killed 16 people over the past 24 hours in the Brazilian tourist town of Petropolis, an official said Monday. “We are in a state of maximum alert,” Rio state governor Sergio Cabral told a news conference in Petropolis, a former imperial capital located 68 kilometers (42 miles) north of Rio de Janeiro, as he updated the death toll from 10. He urged residents to leave high risk areas and to seek refuge in shelters provided by city authorities amid worsening downpours. Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, in Rome to attend Tuesday’s installment of Pope Francis, called Cabral to offer federal help to deal with the impact of the flooding, her office said. Among the victims are two civil defense officials who took part in rescue efforts, Sergio Simoes, the Rio state civil defense secretary, told Globo television…

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