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Deadly landslide hits Salvador in north-east Brazil

Residents and rescuers search for victims after a landslide in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, on 28 April, 2015. Image copyright AFP
Image caption The landslides were triggered by heavy rain

At least 14 people were killed in landslides in the city of Salvador in north-east Brazil on Monday.

Heavy rains flooded streets and triggered two separate landslides, sweeping away hillside homes in poor neighbourhoods and injuring 10 people.

Residents and fire fighters are still searching for a number of missing.

Meteorologists said the rain was the heaviest in two decades, with more than half of the monthly average falling in the space of only 10 hours.

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Image caption Residents worked to try to find survivors under mudslides

Seven people died in the neighbourhood of Barro Branco and another seven in Marotinho.

Patients also had to be evacuated from the Santo Antonio hospital in the city after it was flooded.

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Image caption Landslides are not unusual at this time of year, when heavy rains are frequent

Barro Branco has been hit by landslides before. In 1996, 13 people died and 300 were left homeless.

Almost 1,000 people died in Rio de Janeiro state four years ago when whole hillsides collapsed after heavy rain.

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