1,000 missing in Brazil floods

Breitbart (Link) - AFP (June 21, 2010)

More than 1,000 people are missing after days of heavy rain and flooding, the governor of Brazil�s northeastern Alagoas state said, voicing fear that the death toll of 35 could skyrocket.

�Up until the early afternoon we had 22 confirmed dead in Alagoas (state) and more than 1,000 people missing,� Alagoas governor Teotonio Vilela Filho said, quoted on the official Agencia Brasil news agency.

�We are praying for the missing to be found alive. But we are very worried because bodies are starting to turn up on beaches and on riverbanks,� Vilela told reporters at a press briefing before meeting with President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.