Thursday, February 11, 2010
Temperatures are also hitting record levels in Rio de Janeiro, where the city's five-day Carnival bash begins Friday. The heat wave follows more than a month of torrential rains across southeastern Brazil that killed more than 70 people - most victims of mudslides that swept away ramshackle homes built on hillsides.
Read more here: Washington Post, http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/02/10/AR2010021003276.html
Editor's note: In natural disasters such as this one, the elderly generally comprise 75-90% of all deaths. Yet most disaster management programs, including those in the USA, don't explicitly address the circumstances that generate this statistic.