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Harrowing cross-section of collapsed building in Rio

Associated Press reports --Firefighters pulled more bodies from the rubble of three collapsed buildings in downtown Rio de Janeiro on Saturday, raising the death toll to at least 17 as hopes faded for finding anyone alive almost three days after the disaster.

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Kitchen appliances are surrounded by rubble on the site of collapsed buildings in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Monday, Jan. 30.

A Rio de Janeiro fire department official said the search for survivors would continue at least through Sunday, but the chances of finding anyone alive are "practically nonexistent."

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People look up at a trio of collapsed buildings in Rio de Janeiro on Monday.

The official, who declined to be named because he was not authorized to speak to the press, said rescuers pulled five more bodies from the debris overnight and early Saturday morning. The death toll had been 12. Seven people are still missing.

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People take pictures of a trio of collapsed buildings in Rio de Janeiro on Monday.

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