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Troops build bridges in slide zone
TERESOPOLIS | Brazil’s army on Monday sent 700 soldiers to help throw a lifeline to desperate neighborhoods that have been cut off from food, water or help in recovering bodies since mudslides killed at least 642 people.
Troops already have set up at least one bridge in the mountain vacation city of Teresopolis, officials said, but at least 10 main highways remain blocked in the rugged area north of Rio where the slides hit, hampering efforts to move in the heavy machinery needed to begin massive cleanup efforts and eventually dig out bodies stuck under tons of mud and debris.
The troops plan to set up mobile bridges that can span 200 feet and are robust enough to support the hundreds of pieces of big equipment needed in cleanup and recovery efforts.
Days of heavy rains unleashed tons of earth, rock and raging torrents of water down steep, forested mountainsides Wednesday, directly into towns that are weekend getaways for the Rio area.
Guerrilla backpack bomb injures 4 police officers
ASUNCION | Leftist guerrillas have claimed responsibility for a backpack bomb that injured four police officers, the third bombing in a week in Paraguay.
A handwritten note from a group calling itself the Paraguayan People’s Army warns police to “forget the word mercy” as they continue anti-government attacks.
The latest bomb exploded just before midnight Sunday at a police station in the northern town of Horqueta, where many fugitives from the group are from. Other bombs last week were left outside a television station and nearby in a public park.
The note claims revenge for the deaths of two leftist guerrillas in police firefights.
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