Brazil tries to rush aid to 50,000 flood victims; 84 people killed

Brazil tried to rush aid on Wednesday to 50,000 people driven from their homes by rain-spawned mudslides that have killed at least 84 people, while helicopter crews searched for families isolated by floodwaters. President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was expected to sign a measure freeing up $300 million to aid the victims, many of them still without access to electricity, drinking water and food. Silva also was scheduled to tour hard-hit Santa Catarina state, where weekend downpours dumped as much water as the area in southern Brazil usually gets in four months.