9 Dead, 300 Missing in Brazil Dam Burst

9 Dead, 300 Missing in Brazil Dam Burst

0 comments 📅26 January 2019, 14:39

At least nine people are dead and an estimated 300 people are missing in Brazil after a dam burst at an iron mine in Brumadinho in the southeastern state of Minas Gerais. It’s the second major disaster in that country linked to mining company Vale SA in the last three years. (REUTERS)
👉A mining dam has collapsed in Brazil, sending a torrent of mud over a nearby community, killing at least nine people and leaving an estimated 300 people missing.

Officials say scores of people are trapped in areas flooded by the river of sludge released by the dam near the town of Brumadinho in the southeastern state of Minas Gerais.

But as of Saturday morning, the state’s governor Romeu Zema said there was little chance of finding people alive.

“From now, the odds are minimal and it’s most likely we’ll recover only bodies,” he said.

Fire officials say among those missing are 200 employees who were having lunch in the dam’s administrative area when the collapse occurred.

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