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At least 200 missing after mining dam bursts in Brazil

Staff Writer | January 26, 2019
At least 200 people are missing after a tailings dam collapsed Friday at an iron ore mine in southern Brazil, unleashing a river of sludge, according to local media reports.
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LatAm   Seven people were found dead in the nearby town of Brumadinho in Minas Gerais
Seven people were found dead in the nearby town of Brumadinho in Minas Gerais state in the aftermath of the accident, local daily Correio Do Povo quoted military police as saying.

According to a statement by Brazilian mining company Vale SA, which owns the mine, mining waste from the dam had reached various neighborhoods and evacuation efforts were underway.

Two-thirds of the roughly 300 workers at a Brazilian iron ore mine went missing after a burst dam sent a torrent of sludge through its cafeteria at lunchtime, the chief executive of the mine’s owner, Vale SA, told journalists.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said on Twitter that he would send the chief of civil defense as well as the minister of mines and energy and minister of the environment to the accident site.

Another mining waste dam managed by Vale and Australia’s BHP Billiton broke in 2015, killing 19 and rendering hundreds homeless in the city of Mariana in Minas Gerais state.


 

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