The municipality of Guaratuba, which is located in the Brazilian state of Paraná, saw a landslide on Monday that blocked a roadway, leaving at least 30 people missing and two people dead, according to reports from the Brazilian government on Wednesday.
According to Colonel Manoel Vasco, commander of the Paraná fire department, at least 16 vehicles—ten cars and six trucks—have been damaged. Although it is currently impossible to determine the precise number of victims, authorities are operating under the assumption that between 30 and 50 people are buried.
To detect human heat, the Brazilian Police uses a thermal camera. 19 calls regarding potential victims have reportedly been received by the authorities thus far, according to the daily “O Globo.”
There were two landslides at the same location on Monday. Both directions of the road were demolished in the second incident, which happened at 7:30 p.m. local time, while the first incident happened at 3:30 p.m. (local time), closing one of the lanes.
At a news conference, the Federal Highway Police (PRF) stated that the concessionaire Arteris Litoral Sul, the business that holds the concession for the BR-376 segment, was in charge of reopening traffic in Guaratuba.
Authorities involved in the search for victims say that because of the intense rain, rescue efforts are getting more challenging. The aforementioned newspaper also states that the piece that collapsed on Tuesday was at risk of crumbling, according to the Paraná Civil Defense.