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In the flood-battered Brazilian city of Teresopolis, survivors recall the dramatic moments, when mudslides, and raging floodwaters, virtually wiped out an entire neighborhood. Here's more.
Campo Grande on the outskirts of Teresopolis town - one of the most grisly epicenters of the flooding and landslides that have killed more than 600 people in Brazil.
Flood victim Odair Santos lost three daughters and three grandchildren when a wall of water and earth laid waste to their community.
[Odair Santos, Flood Victim]:
"From up here we could see the downpours and it seemed like the world was coming to an end. When I woke up and heard the first thud, my bed began shaking. I put my hand on the wall and the wall was shaking. Then I got up and I said, 'well, I better go wake up the children.' I woke my daughters up and then my two grandchildren. One of my granddaughters was sleeping with my mother-in-law downstairs."
Campo Grande residents and rescue officials say many people were entombed in their houses as they slept and may not be found for weeks.
Although it is impossible to know how many people died, residents said hundreds of people were missing.
Listening to Odair Santos' story, it is easy to understand why.
Some residents survived through luck and quick thinking, but the hundreds of people whose homes were in the main path of destruction stood virtually no chance of survival.
Joana Menezes owned a small hotel in the area. She managed to resist the raging currents by grabbing onto a pillar, but her husband was washed away along with part of their hotel.
Menezes says people had built houses too close to the small river that runs through the town.
Illegal construction in risky areas has been blamed for worsening the death toll.