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20 Feb 1996 description

Ref: DHAGVA - 96/0057
THE OFFICE OF THE UNDP/DHA RESIDENT REPRESENTATIVE IN BRAZIL HAS NOW SUPPLIED THE FOLLOWING DATA ON RECENT HEAVY RAINS/MUDSLIDES:

1. IN PARTICULAR THE SHANTY TOWN AREAS IN THE REGIONS OF RIO DE JANEIRO AND SAO PAULO HAVE BEEN AFFECTED. 66 PERSONS HAVE BEEN REPORTED DEAD. ANOTHER 30 ARE STILL MISSING. 4,000 IN NEED OF SHELTER.

2. RAIN HAS NOW STOPPED. SEARCH OPERATIONS ARE CONTINUING. REPAIR TO ROAD NETWORK HAS BEGUN.

3. THE GOVT HAS NOT REQUESTED DHA TO LAUNCH AN APPEAL FOR INTERNATIONAL ASSISTANCE.

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