RIO DE JANEIRO – The Brazilian firefighters say that the place of death from the collapse of a few buildings in Rio de Janeiro has risen to seven, while 10 others are injured.
Rio Fire Brigade press office said Saturday 17 people are also listed as missing.
On Friday, the condemned four-storey buildings collapsed on the hillside of Itanhanga, an area severely hit by recent heavy rains and flash floods.
Fire department colleague Luciano Sarmento said he hoped survivors would be found because "air pockets may have been formed so people can breathe."
Authorities are fighting through the walls in a 24-hour search.
Rio Mayor Marcelo Crivella said earlier that the area where the buildings were built was run by militias that control large grooves in Rio.