At least another 200 people have been buried by a major mudslide near Rio de Janeiro in the aftermath of tragic flooding rain that inundated the Brazil's second largest city early this week.

At the time of this latest mudslide, which struck the city of Niteroi late on Wednesday, the death toll was already pegged at more than 150 in and about Rio de Janeiro. A security official reportedly said that the more than 200 people in Niteroi were likely killed instantly.

The flooding and mudslides began on Tuesday as torrential rain poured down.

As reported by CNN, the city's Mayor Eduardo Paes stated that a record-breaking 11.3 inches of rain inundated the city within 24 hours on Tuesday.


People cross a flooded street in the Santa Teresa neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday, April 6, 2010. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
AccuWeather.com found an official rainfall observation that was taken at Rio de Janeiro's Galeao International Airport (information obtained from the World Meteorological Organization).

The airport reported 6.42 inches of rain in 24 hours, ending at 2 p.m. EDT Tuesday.

On Wednesday, rain continued to fall in the region, but not with the persistence and intensity of earlier cloudbursts.

The Associated Press stated that most of the earlier victims perished in the city's hillsides. The homes of the dead got buried by tons of mud and rubble swept off slopes by the torrents of rain.

The weather in and about Rio will remain unsettled and showery through at least Saturday. Although excessive rain is not likely, the earth will remain saturated and unstable with potential for further mudslides, even without significant additional rainfall.

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