Mudslide destroys dozens of homes and kills people in Salvador

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 08:56 GMT, Apr 28, 2015 |

Heavy rain in Salvador started late on Sunday (April 26) night, caused scores of mudslides, two of which turned deadly and destroyed dozens of homes built on the hillsides on the outskirts of the city and around 12 were killed. Area residents rushed to pitch in as they tried to locate people who remained unaccounted for under the rubble of the homes.

The death toll is likely to climb as residents and emergency crews continue to search for the missing. Local news reported that a 12-year-old and a 16-year-old were both among those killed.

Homes in the area remained at risk as they teetered on the edge of a 40 meter (130 foot) hill, near one of the mudslides. It rained about 198 millilitres (7.8 inches) in 24 hours. That figure is about 65 percent of what is normal for the month of April. And the Meteorological Department of the country called for more rain Monday night meaning there was the risk of additional mudslides.