At the very beginning of the rescue operation, bodies of five people were discovered, while two dead women were found after searching for eight hours, according to the media outlet. Among the victims were two children — a two-month-old boy and a nine-year-old girl.
Three people were reportedly injured.
The landslide occurred in the North Zone of Recife at around 3 a.m. local time on Tuesday.
Um dia triste para Pernambuco. Cinco adultos, uma criança e um bebê morreram na queda de uma barreira, em Dois Unidos, Zona Norte do Recife. O deslizamento de terra aconteceu nesta madrugada (aproximadamente 3 horas da manhã), outras três pessoas ficaram feridas no acidente.... pic.twitter.com/WgfrbVmcpd— Recife Ordinário (@recifeordinario) December 24, 2019
The Fire Department reported in a statement that it was not possible to determine the causes of the accident. At the time of the landslide there was no rain at the location.