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Authorities have long blamed extreme rainfall as responsible for the many tragedies that have hit the region. But experts, former and current public servant disagree.
By Diane Jeantet, Associated Press
Rio de Janeiro state’s government now says that at least 105 people died in landslides that ravaged the city of Petropolis, but it's unclear how many bodies remain trapped in the mud.
By Mauricio Savarese, Diarlei Rodrigues, Associated Press
In other news Thursday, explosive gasses again forced emergency crews to abandon rescue efforts in a West Virginia coal mine where 25 men died on Monday. Also, military officials said two U.S. soldiers have been killed in Iraq.
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