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Death toll from collapse of buildings in Brazil rises to 8

Death toll from collapse of buildings in Brazil rises to 8

The condemned four-story buildings collapsed Friday in the hillside neighborhood of Itanhanga, an area that was hard hit by recent heavy rains and flash floods.Civil defense workers, firefighters, trained dogs and drones were searching around-the-clock for survivors in the rubble.

Luciano Sarmento of Rio’s fire department said Saturday he hoped survivors would be found because “air pockets may have been formed allowing people to breathe.”

Buildings next to those that fell were evacuated for fear of new collapses. Residents were allowed into their homes for a few minutes to retrieve personal belongings.