Hundreds Missing After Brazil Floods
Entire villages washed away in country's northeast
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 22, 2010 1:35 AM CDT
This photo released by the Brazilian state of Alagoas government, shows an aerial view of a flooded area of Jacuipe, in northeastern Alagoas state, Brazil.   (AP Photo/Thiago Sampaio-Agencia Alagoas)

(Newser) – Dozens of people are dead and at least 600 are missing after heavy rains triggered floods and mudslides in northeastern Brazil. The floods have washed away entire villages in the states of Alagoas and Pernambuco, leaving around 100,000 people homeless, the BBC reports. "We are praying for the missing to be found alive," the governor of Alagoas said. "But we are very worried because bodies are starting to turn up on beaches and on riverbanks."