Thousands of traumatised mudslide survivors navigated steep, slippery jungle paths to find food
, water and medicine as they slowly gave up hope that government rescuers would reach them quickly enough in remote mountain villages.
Those who escaped unharmed from the slides that killed 591 people over four days ferried bottles of water and sacks of groceries on their backs after trekking five miles to the centre of the mountain town of Teresopolis, north of Rio.
Wanderson Ferreira de Carvalho, 27, lost 23 members of his family, including his father, his wife and two-year-old son.
Entombed in mud: Cars were partially submerged by mud after a landslide in Nova Friburgo, north of Rio de Janeiro