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RIO DE JANEIRO — Walls of earth and water swept away homes in the mountains north of Rio de Janeiro, killing more than 350 people in three towns. Whole families were wiped out while survivors were left scrambling Thursday to reach still-trapped neighbors.
Some 50 people or more were still missing after the slides hit at about 3 a.m. Wednesday in the picturesque Serrana region north of Rio de Janeiro after 10 inches of rain — a month's normal rainfall — in 24 hours