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65 killed in Brazilian dam collapse, Vale posts list with 278 names they can't find

Staff Writer | January 29, 2019
The death toll from a Brazilian dam collapse at an iron mine rose to 65.
Córrego do Feijão mine
LatAm   Hundreds of people are still missing
Authorities say 427 people were in the Córrego do Feijão mine in the southeastern state of Minas Gerais when the dam burst Friday, unleashing a muddy sea of mining debris into the region.

Hundreds of people are still missing and the extent of damage is still being calculated, especially in the mining town of Brumadinho, which was nearly buried in the deluge.

The disaster renewed scrutiny of Brazilian mining giant Vale, which was linked to another deadly dam collapse in Minas Gerais less than four years ago.

On Sunday, protesters gathered in Casa Branca, about 15 kilometers from Brumadinho, waving signs that read "Vale kills" and "Vale profits while mud kills," local media reported.

Heavy rains hampered search and rescue. Video showed helicopters hovering feet above the ground as firefighters plucked people from the muck.

As of Monday afternoon, 291 people were still missing and 192 people were rescued, the Civil Defense of Minas Gerais said. Additionally, 23 people are hospitalized, the fire department said.

Vale has a list online with names of people it has not been able to contact.


 

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