Terrifying moment: a landslide demolishes houses in the historic district of Rio de Janeiro on top of a mountain

Terrifying moment: a landslide demolishes houses in the historic district of Rio de Janeiro on top of a mountain

Frightening moment of landslide wipes out homes in Rio de Janeiro’s historic mountaintop neighborhood that kills at least 110: search continues for 134 missing residents

  • Brazilian authorities say 110 people have been killed in a landslide this week in Petropolis, Rio de Janeiro, as of Thursday.
  • At least 135 residents are still missing, and about 500 firefighters have joined the search.
  • A video recorded by Beatrice Foster captured the shocking moment as a landslide destroyed several houses in the Petropolis hilltop community.
  • At least 10 inches of rain fell on Tuesday in three hours, almost as much as the previous 30 days combined.

A viral video captured the heartbreaking moment when a once-in-a-century landslide destroyed several homes and killed more than 100 people in Rio de Janeiro’s devastated historic municipality of Petropolis.

Footage shows the wreckage of the colonial-era city rushing through the hilltop city and razing many residences to the ground on Tuesday after record rains flooded the popular summer resort area once home to Brazilian royalty.

At least 110 residents have been killed – the worst in nearly a century – and about 134 people were still missing as of Thursday, as about 500 firefighters helped in the search.

Authorities said 65 of those killed were women. The youngest victim, a girl named Helena, was celebrating her second birthday shortly before the fatal landslide.

The state fire department said 10 inches of rain fell in three hours on Tuesday, almost as much as the previous 30 days combined.

A still from a video recorded by Rio de Janeiro, Brazil resident Beatrice Foster on Tuesday after record rainfall triggered a landslide that destroyed several homes in the colony-era municipality of Petropolis.  At least 110 residents have been killed, with 134 more missing as of Thursday.

A still from a video recorded by Rio de Janeiro, Brazil resident Beatrice Foster on Tuesday after record rainfall triggered a landslide that destroyed several homes in the colony-era municipality of Petropolis. At least 110 residents have been killed, with 134 more missing as of Thursday.

An aerial view taken Thursday after Tuesday's landslide in Petropolis, a colonial-era hilltop municipality in the Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro.

An aerial view taken Thursday after Tuesday’s landslide in Petropolis, a colonial-era hilltop municipality in the Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro.

The severe storm surpassed the average for all of February, flooding streets, washing away cars and buses, and leaving holes hundreds of yards wide in the region’s mountainsides.

“It was the heaviest rain since 1932,” Rio de Janeiro Governor Claudio Castro told reporters. “It was a very unusual rain.”

The city of Petropolis estimated that at least 80 houses located around the Morro da Officina (Officina hill) were completely destroyed by the landslide.

More than 420 people have been forced to leave their homes throughout the municipality, which is known as the “Imperial City” due to being the summer holiday destination of the Brazilian royal family in the 19th century.

Rescuers search for survivors in the Petropolis area of ​​Morro da Officina.

Rescuers search for survivors in the Petropolis area of ​​Morro da Officina.

Authorities in Petropolis, Brazil, deployed heavy equipment Thursday during the second day of rescue efforts following Tuesday's landslide that left at least 110 people dead and 134 missing.

Authorities in Petropolis, Brazil, deployed heavy equipment Thursday during the second day of rescue efforts following Tuesday’s landslide that left at least 110 people dead and 134 missing.

Residents evacuate from a sector in Petropolis after a downpour triggered a second landslide

Residents evacuate from a sector in Petropolis after a downpour triggered a second landslide

A second landslide on Thursday in the Petropolis area at 24 de Maio forced the evacuation of the sector after rain hit the city.

The video, recorded by 18-year-old Instagrammer Beatrice Foster, captured several houses destroyed by the landslide.

Terrifying moment: a landslide demolishes houses in the historic district of Rio de Janeiro on top of a mountain Residents clean up the rubble of a house destroyed by a deadly flood and landslide in the Brazilian colony-era city of Petropolis.

Residents clean up the rubble of a house destroyed by a deadly flood and landslide in the Brazilian colony-era city of Petropolis.

An aerial view of the site of the Morro da Officina landslide on Thursday in Petropolis, Brazil.  According to Rio de Janeiro Governor Claudio Castro, almost 240 millimeters of rain hit the city in the first two hours of the storm.

An aerial view of the site of the Morro da Officina landslide on Thursday in Petropolis, Brazil. According to Rio de Janeiro Governor Claudio Castro, almost 240 millimeters of rain hit the city in the first two hours of the storm.

Residents and rescuers work together at a site hit by a landslide on Tuesday.

Residents and rescuers work together at a site hit by a landslide on Tuesday.

Foster told Brazilian news outlet G1 that she, her mother, grandfather and four-month-old sister had to leave their home out of fear that their home would be destroyed.

Foster added that her father and stepmother’s residence was almost swept away by a landslide, and her brothers were covered in mud that had crawled inside the house.

“I’m still in shock,” Foster said. “I have never seen anything like it. Those who live in Petropolis are used to the rain, but it has never been so hard or so dangerous.”

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