At least 10 people died after a landslide on Morro da Boa Esperança, in Niterói, the Rio metropolitan region, at dawn on Saturday (10). Until the beginning of the night, 11 people were saved from the rubble. According to the Fire Department, there are still four more, and searches will be kept throughout the night.
For night work, a generator has been installed in the community to help illuminate the area. Several firefighters worked on the ground with volunteers.
The last confirmed death was an 11 month old child. The number of missing remains was not confirmed by the Fire Department, but the corporation works with the possibility of finding more victims still alive under rubble.
The search of the Niterói sliding survivors continues at night
We always work with this possibility [de encontrar sobreviventes]. We are very careful to do the rescue work that is done practically with the possibility of finding people living
– Colonel Roberto Robadey, Commander of the State Corps for Fire and Corps
The official said that after the tragedy, 25 properties were banned in the community in a preventive way. Robadey said there was no rain forecast in the next few hours, which could further increase the risk of landslides.
What we know so far
- 9 inhabited houses and a pizzeria were hit by landslides
- According to firefighters, a rock has rolled and hit buildings
- 11 people were saved alive. Among them, he is a child
- 10 people died. Among them, three children and two elderly women
- Residents say there are still at least four people missing
- Firefighters were called 4h13
Residents of the Boa Esperança community accompany the survival of the victims of the Niterói slide – Photo: TV Globo
- "It was not a safe region," says the Niterói accident risk expert
Mayor of Niterói, Rodrigo Neves (PDT), said the site was not considered a high geological risk and that the tragedy was caused by a "crack in the massif" of the slope.
"This phenomenon today was not a landslide. In fact, what happened was a massive crack at a point where the tragedy unfortunately occurred."
Art shows local where sliding in Niterói – Photo: Roberta Jaworski / G1
Secretary of Civil Defense, Commander Roberto Robadey, says the city is in the rainy stage of the last days.
"It's raining a lot in the last two days." Niterói was in a state of alert and alert by area, and communities were warned of this situation with a recommendation to look for safe places, "he told GloboNews .check out the video below).
According to the president of the association of residents Morro da Boa Esperança, Claudio dos Santos, some properties were banned, but the mayor denied the information.
Firefighters work to save the sliding victims in Niterói Hill
In a statement, the elected governor, Wilson Witze, said he regretted what had happened. He reported that he was in the Boa Esperança community in the afternoon to express his solidarity with the relatives and friends of the victims and to accompany the rescue work carried out by the Fire Department. He also said that he has accumulated information to be studied during the government's transition period.
A labor force was set up early in the morning to save the victims of the tragedy. Approximately 200 Niterói civil defense professionals, Secretaries of Works, Conservation, Social Work, Health and Cleanup, work in an integrated manner with the Fire Department and Civil Defense teams in order to relieve the victims. NitTrans agents and Municipal Guard coordinate traffic for access to the region.
A support base was set up at the Francisco Neves School in Piratininga to receive homeless people. The Municipal Department of Social Assistance and Human Rights reported that it provides on-site food as well as donating basic food baskets to families who choose to stay with family and friends.
"Everyone knew it would happen"
Among the dead are a child, two ladies over 60, a 37-year-old man and a middle-aged woman, according to the Fire Department. The age and sex of the 11 saved have not yet been revealed by the corporation.
According to the Azevedo Lima State Hospital, there are 6 patients hospitalized for slipping. Two are children (aged 2 and 3), one of them in serious condition, and the others are aged between 20 and 30 years old.
Resident Rosemary Caetano da Silva, who was injured in landslide, says her 8-month-old niece is in rubble.
"My 8-month-old niece is buried there, I managed to bring my grandson who is in the hospital and my children are in the hospital." Everything that's going on there, everyone knew it would happen. She would take action, Rosemary said.
The rescued Redeemer says that the 8-month-old niece is missing after he slipped into Niterói
For 8 years, Morro do Bumba
On April 7, 2010, the city of Niterói has also suffered a tragedy that marked the entire state of Rio de Janeiro. Forty-eight people died in landslides that buried hundreds of homes in Morro do Bumba, a community in the vicinity of Viçoso Jardim.
The main reason for the catastrophe was the construction of houses on an unstable land where there was a dump in the past. According to the press office of the Niterói City Hall, this is the first sliding from the case of Morro do Bumba.
"Starting 2013, Niterói has invested more than 150 million dollars in detention on 50 slopes of the city," says City Hall.
Who can help the victims of the slip in Morro da Boa Esperança, see here how the efforts are. Among the elements that should be needed are personal care products, underwear, disposable tools and cleaning products. See more slides in Niterói
Leaves slippery dead on Morro da Esperança in Niterói – Photo: Reproduction / TV Globo
Niterói landslide dead leaves – Photo: Reproduction / TV Globo
House collapses Morro da Esperança, Niterói – Photo: Reproduction / TV Globo
Agents and Residents Help Rescue Morro da Esperança – Photo: Reproduction / TV Globo
Litter in Niterói – Photo: Personal archive
Survivor saved from the collapse of Morro da Esperança – Photo: Reproduction / TV Globo